Bulldogs basketball earns two all-league honorees
The Culver boys basketball team finished the season with a 3-21 overall record, 3-13 in conference play.
They won their first league game since 2014 and won their most leagues games since the 2001 season.
Junior Cord Gomes and senior Kobe Lamb were both down low, with the big men this season. The combination of their athleticism and shot blocking ability made it fun to watch. They both earned honorable mention honors in the Tri-River Conference, a conference that was probably the best in 2A.
Gomes ended the season averaging 9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.
"Ironically, in conference play, Cord actually didn't lead us in any statistical category, but was second or third best in just about everything and is unquestionably our most important player," head coach Johnny Wilson said. "When he's got it going, we are playing our best basketball as a team."
"He still has a lot of room for improvement as far as offensive consistency goes, but as you flip through the scorebook, there is a definite correlation between games where Cord took good shots and shot a high percentage, and games that we were competitive in," he said. "He has the tools and athleticism to be an elite post defender as well. We are going to look to continue to improve Cord's skills on both sides of the ball, and we are really excited for what Cord's senior year could have in store for us."
Lamb ended the year averaging 3.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game, with several very impressive blocks at the end of the year.
"We were really excited to be able to get Kobe recognized for everything that he has done for us, not only this year but over the last four years," Wilson said. "Kobe is a true 'program guy'. He was a freshman during my first year as head coach here, and it was such an honor watch him, Kyler, Eli, and Andy all grow up to become hard working young men of high character."
"All of those guys waited patiently for their turn to be Varsity contributors, even when the older players ahead of them were struggling to compete," he said. "Those struggles served as teachable moments for this group, whether it was basketball, team chemistry, or attitude. As underclassmen it would have been easy for any one of those guys to get frustrated with their roles, but they all saw the bigger picture and trusted that asking them to continue to develop on JV was what was best for the future program."
"Out of those seniors, Kobe not only stood out statistically, but as a vocal leader and great teammate," Wilson said. "He is also an exemplary student that will graduate this spring as a Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA."
"One of my favorite Kobe moments is and always will be the look on his face when we picked up our first league win this year because we haven't had a ton of experience winning games. We've had some issues with different players in previous years and their over-expressive behavior after a win." he said. "However after the final buzzer went off in that game, Culver's first conference win in nearly five years, Kobe walked off the court towards me and simply nodded his head, as if he was saying 'Just taking care of business, Coach. We did it.'
"I thought that it was really cool that someone who has been a part of years and years of conference losses, and really had every reason to be losing his mind, could put himself in someone else's shoes and remember that winning with class is more important than winning," Wilson said. "I'll remember that moment forever, and won't be because we won the game, but because of that selfless display of sportsmanship."