SYLACAUGA -- Houston Ford was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week after leading the B.B. Comer High School boys basketball team to a 2-1 record last week.
“I am excited. I feel like I have been working for it all year,” Ford said. “It feels good for it to finally be here. It really feels good to win, because these three wins (includes Monday’s win over Fayetteville) were our first wins in the regular season not counting our tournaments.
“First, I want to thank my coach; we have been through a lot. We have been through some rough times this year. I want to thank all the seniors; I want to thank the team. I want to thank the cheerleaders for coming out and supporting us. I would like to thank our entire coaching and school staff for supporting us through the whole season even though we have not been winning.”
Last week, the senior averaged 21.5 points per game in the Tigers’ wins over Tallassee and Winterboro. Ford scored 23 points in Comer’s 60-53 win over Tallassee. Against Winterboro, he scored 20 points to lead the Tigers to a 56-43 victory. Ford credited the Tigers’ change in style of play for the success the team has had over the past few games.
“Both of the teams that we played beat us by double digits the first time we played them,” Ford said. “Both teams play an up-tempo game, and we wanted to slow it down and make the game go into our favor. We play more of slower pace. We play better that way. The real object for us was to slow the game down and play good defense. The offense will come. “
Over the last three games, Ford is averaging 25 points per game, which includes his 31-point performance Monday night against Fayetteville. Ford said he has been more patient on the offense.
“I feel like I have been playing better because I have been calmer,” Ford said. “I have been letting the game come to me. I haven’t been trying to force it to much and I am not trying to do too much. We have been playing better as a team.”
Ford said the Tigers will have to continue to execute on both ends of the floor if they are going to accomplish their goal of making past the area tournament.
“We are going to have to keep playing like a team, and when we face adversity, we can’t hold our heads down; we have to keep it going,” he said. “We have to play at our same pace, we can’t let a team speed us up and get us out of our game. We are either going to have to play Coosa or Beulah in the first round of the tournament, and we are going to have to come out ready to play. Everybody is going to have to be on their p’s and q’s.
Ford has been playing basketball since he was 8 years old. He said he tries to model his game after Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
“I like his explosiveness and the way he attacks the basket,” Ford said.