The Enterprise Wildcats traveled to Thompson last week to compete in the Thompson Thanksgiving Basketball Invitational and ended up finishing in fourth place among eight teams.
The Wildcats competed alongside Thompson, Baker, Spanish Fort, Northridge, Huntsville, Calera and Bibb County in the tournament.
Enterprise led off the tournament with a 70-67 win over Northridge in the quarterfinals before falling to Calera in the semifinals 70-61.
“At times we played really well and other times we played really bad,” Enterprise coach Rhett Harrelson said. “We’re just up and down right now. We’re still trying to figure out our lineups, what we do best and figuring out guys we can put into the game that show signs of toughness, playing hard and executing the things we talk about in practice.”
Senior Dominic York led the Wildcats against Northridge with a season-high 21 points, while sophomore Quentin Hayes scored 18 points and junior Damarion Holt scored 13 points to pace the Wildcats.
Against Calera, Hayes led the way with 16 points, while juniors Jalen Cunningham and Josh McCray pitched in with 11 points each in the loss.
Enterprise and Huntsville met in the third place game with Huntsville coming out on top 60-43.
McCray led Enterprise against Huntsville with a season-high 13 points and Cunningham pitched in with 10 points.
“Overall I thought it was good for us to go up there and play some tough teams,” Harrelson said. “These are the kinds of teams we’re going to need to beat. This is who we have to beat to advance I think it really prepares us well for our area.
“It was good to see where we are and how much better we have to get each and every day.”
Harrelson said that his team is still searching for its identity.
“I tell them we have to find that identity,” he said. “We don’t know who we are yet. We don’t have a guy that has established himself as the guy that can take over the game and wants the ball in his hands.
“We have to continue to work hard everyday. I like where we are right now, though. Because I want to see how we respond when a little adversity comes. You’re 3-3 now, how are you going to respond?”
One of the players that may have potentially been one of those to step up this season suffered a setback when senior Dallas Howell broke his shooting hand at practice. The all-state forward was coming back from an ACL tear suffered following last season and had just begun practicing again when an accident led to surgery on his hand. Harrelson said that the Wildcats hope to have him back in 5-6 weeks.