With the Cavalry starting off the season with a big win over Kentucky, the team is surely off on the right foot.
Well, sort of.
The Cavs opened with a win, and a win by double figures, but the start of the game was not very solid.
The shooting was off, much like it was in the preseason. Shots were dead, short. Moving the 3-point line to NBA distance didn't help either, as the Cavs could only hit two all night.
But after the first, the Cavs' second team exploded and played very well together.
The big name that stands out was DeAndre Thomas, who showed his ability to both make moves to the bucket and score and also find the open guard slicing through the lane, a staple of Lawton-Fort Sill's attack.
When Shawn Daniels heads back overseas this season as I expect him to, Thomas will be a fine insertion into the starting lineup.
Another joyful surprise was the play of Jermaine Blackburn. I didn't expect him to fit in so well, so fast, but he did and led the team in scoring. Blackburn did a good job of keeping the starting five together and leading them at times.
It will be nice to see this league develop as we move on, as Dayton showed on New Year's Eve that anyone can be snake-bitten this season.
We shall see how things go this year.
Below are a couple of videos shot by Constitution photog Brandon Neris who is doing a great job.