Future Pokes Smart, Forte Pressing On
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For many Cowboys basketball fans, thoughts have long turned to next season.
There have been enough hints of hope – most notably the progress of Markel Brown, Le’Bryan Nash, Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins – to suggest better days ahead.
And there’s the anticipated arrivals of prize recruits Marcus Smart and Phil Forte.
Forgive them, OSU fans, if they haven’t quite flipped ahead to 2012-13 just yet. Smart and Forte remain very much engaged in this season, trying to lead their school to a second straight Texas State title.
The Marauders, 35-2 and ranked No. 1 not only in Texas but nationally (MaxPreps), are into the region quarterfinals tonight against North Crowley.
That comes after a 78-56 rout of Mansfield Tuesday night, featuring a combined 33 points from Smart and Forte, the driving forces behind their team’s dominance. Smart finished with 17 points, while Forte added 16 and made four 3-pointers.
“They’re a heckuva squad; they’ve got all the pieces,” Mansfield coach Duane Gregory told reporters after Tuesday’s game. “They can shoot the ball from 3, they can rebound, they can pass, they can do it all.
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