Lakeside still has plenty of work to do this season. But head coach Marlon McDaniel took their win over D’Arbonne Woods on Tuesday night to take some time and reflect on the accomplishments of his seniors.
“It was a special night for us,” McDaniel said. “I’ve had the honor of being a part of this journey with them since the guys were in jurnior high. Every one of them feel like my little brothers.”
Brody Crumpler led the Warriors with 16 points in the win.
“This was Brody’s first year playing, but he has developed so well,” McDaniel said. “I’m so glad he decided to come out.”
Branthony Brown is currently mulling offers to continue at the next level.
“Branthony is such a student of the game,” he said. “I think he can develop into a great player at the next level one day.”
Ondray Miles was a double-digit scorer as well for the Warriors on Tuesday.
“Ondray is such a great guy,” he said. “He’s so intelligent, he’s persistent. An All-American track runner. He’s a huge asset to our team and so consistent.”
Lamar McKinsey was a transfer, but has transformed into a crucial player.
“Lamar is a joy to be around. He can put a smiile on anyone’s face. He’s another dynamic piece to our team.”
Austin Sims was an All-Area performer last season and has continued his excellence this season.
“Austin is one of the toughest, most competitive guys I’ve ever been around,” McDaniel said. “He’s always ready. It’s so hard to take him out of the game. He just has it all, circumsances don’t matter.”
Orlando Roberson is the last senior. McDaniel said he is going to miss Roberson and what he brings to the team.
“Orlando is a student of the game and of life. And he’s an outstanding shooter,” McDaniel said. “He’s always in the gym early. He’s always shooting or working on his game when I walk in and by the time I get my office open and turn around, he will be sitting on my couch and chatting.
“I love these guys.”
*Photos (below by Christine Lee)