• Burleson senior guard Sam Martin is the lone full-time starter returning for the Elks basketball team this season. Martin was the District 9-5A Offensive Player of the Year last season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Martin retooling Elks after winning district title

Burleson boys basketball coach Joey Martin said he is excited about the challenege that is ahead of him this season.

With just one full-time starter back and two other players returning from a squad that claimed the program’s first district title in 62 years, the challenge is a big one.

“I’m excited about the challenge, I think we have a chance to be really good,” Joey Martin said. “I don’t know how good we are going to be. Probably going to need a couple of weeks to find that out.”

Last season, the Elks went 13-1 in district play and 25-7 overall. Burleson fell to Lancaster in the first-round of the playoffs.

Senior guard Sam Martin, the District 9-5A Offensive Player of Year, returns along with senior forward Aden Anderson and senior guard C.J. Williams. Anderson, who started late in the season, is out with an injury.

Joey Martin hasn’t had much time with his team because most of the players just finish up football season.

During a meeting on Monday, Joey Martin told his squad that the only forsure starters are Sam Martin and senior forward Sidney McFail, a transfer from Arlington Seguin.

“The rest are wide open so I’m going to see who wants it the most in the next few days,” Joey Martin said.

The Elks practiced twice on Saturday just to get their feet wet. They went over some basic things.

Luckily, Burleson’s first game isn’t until Friday when it hosts Arlington, The Elks play at Weatherford Monday afternnon and host Birdville Nov. 27.

Joey Martin is also counting on help from sophomore guard Derek Alexander, sophomore forward Josh Pierre, senior guards Iver McCauley, Mikah Stabeno, Isaiah McLaughlin and Caden Johnson.

“Our strength will run through Sam Martin and how much he gets everyone involved in the offense,” Joey Martin said. “We will be athletic and look good in our uniforms, we are going to be able to press and trap and play fast.”

Joey Martin said he expects things to go slowly for his squad but can see them making a run for a playoff spot once district play rolls around.

The Elks open District 5-5A play Dec. 18 at home against Mansfield Legacy.

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