But through their first eight games, the Titans have held their own quite well, running out to a 6-2 record and a perfect 2-0 mark in region 6AAA.
“I’ve been pretty happy so far, especially from an effort and energy standpoint,” said Marks, now in his 10th year at the program’s helm. “We’ve been down in a few games but we have fought hard to get back in and win some.”
The Titans’ wins are highlighted by region victories over McNair (51-36) and Decatur (57-45) last week, a pair of non-region wins against larger local schools River Ridge (43-40) and Woodstock (64-52), and a victory against rival Westmister on Saturday (56-49).
A year ago Marks’ team went 16-10 with a senior laden squad. After graduating four seniors and losing their only class of 2013 player Jordan Denson to a football related knee injury, he was left with a roster of underclassmen looking to prove themselves on the varsity level.
Juniors Nick Romero and Patrick Lamar are the Titans two most experienced returners on the wings while a number of younger players are working to fill Denson’s spot at the point.
The inexperience, at times, has caused sloppier play that the BT coach would like, but nothing he didn’t expect with such a green group.
“The execution part hasn’t always been great, which is disappointing because that’s what we pride ourselves in at BT, but we knew with no seniors that we would have to be patient.
“We’ve gone back to the basics a lot at practice, and we know its going to take time. But the exciting thing is that this group has a chance to play two full years together and their potential as a group is really high.”
The Titans, who are undersized for the most part, will get an added boost in the coming weeks when their promising young sophomore Keishawn Binion (a 6-foot-5 center) returns from an injury he suffered in game one.
“We have to rebound well and limit teams to one shot and that will help,” said the BT coach. “Other than that we just have to handle the ball and limit turnovers on offense, if we do that we have a chance to be a good team.”
BT will play at Towers on Friday in their final region game before the holiday break.