Thursday, January 26, 2012
Upstart Little Elm poised for breakout season
By Jeff Andrews
The Colony and Denton Ryan have been the top dogs in District 4-4A for a number of years now, but with five games remaining in the regular season, upstart Little Elm leads the district.
The Lobos (21-6, 7-0) beat The Colony last Friday, 53-43, and Ryan the week prior, 74-65, to gain a one-game lead on the Cougars.
Their lead is even more remarkable considering that Damion McIntosh, The Colony's third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, transferred from Little Elm this year to not only leave Little Elm a man down but also give a boost to one of its chief rivals.
But the Lobos haven't suffered from the loss. They haven't lost in January and most of their losses came against teams outside the area or solid 5A teams (Rowlett, Garland Naaman Forest).
Senior Biron Joseph leads the team in scoring (19 points per game) and rebounding (8 per game). Point guard Devante' Pullum averages five assists per game and the team gets strong contributions from Bryan Owen, Jalen Bridges and Anthony Egwu.
Little Elm's program has been building slowly. The Lobos made the playoffs the last two years after missing the playoffs in their first three years in Class 4A, but they lost in the first round both years. This year may be the year the Lobos make their first run.
Key games still remain on their schedule. They face Ryan again on Feb. 7 and close the season a week later at The Colony.