Keller Citizen

Central senior leads by defensive effort

As one of only three seniors on the Central boys basketball team, Savon Myers knows that helping lead the Chargers takes a bit of shaping the collective mindset.

Although Myers is considered a defensive standout as the two-guard, his hustle and aggressive nature is secondary to what he feels is the mental advantage the Chargers need in order to be successful.

“We really try to focus on being on the same page,” Myers said. “For our team, we need to all buy in and not have even one guy sitting it out. We have to all have the desire to win.”

Central head coach Gerald Sledge reinforces the need for the team to buy into the team concept for the Chargers to accomplish all they can.

That mindset was evident recently when Central upset Fossil Ridge in a big rivalry game for the Chargers.

Mindset is one thing, but players still have to perform on the court, and Myers said he’s focused on doing whatever he can to help make it happen for the team.

“I do what I can to help,” he said. “Playing defense is probably my biggest strength.”

Myers noted that on nights when his shooting is off or things just aren’t clicking, he can rely on his defense.

“Defense is one consistent thing you can do,” he said. “You can do that every single night. It’s within my control. Having quick feel and being physical is the key.

“You can’t let them get comfortable. You have to make them rush their decisions,” he said of the keys to defending an opponent.

Myers might play a physical and aggressive game on defense, but that’s in strong contrast to how he handles things on the offensive end.

“I play relaxed and nonchalant,” he said of his demeanor on the offensive end.

Even as a leader on the team, he’s not afraid to make sure the hot hand gets the ball.

Myers said he’s been somewhat inconsistent lately and doesn’t mind at all seeing that others such as Nick Rischer take the shots and score for the Chargers.

“I’ll make it up on defense,” he said.

The relaxed play is achieved by going on what Myers compares to “cruise control.” He can step up his aggressiveness on defense.

As Myers thinks back over his sophomore and junior years on the varsity squad, he’s come to realize that he doesn’t get down on himself like he used to.

“If I would make mistakes or miss a shot, I’d just quit shooting,” he said. “Now I know I need to stay in there a little more.”

Setting examples for younger players and passing along those lessons he’s learned, Myers said it’s all a part of what Sledge encourages: Build a culture for the guys after you.

But Myers said he and the other two seniors don’t feel the pressure to be leaders, but rather let their work ethic do the work for them.

“We’re all in the same boat. Everybody works hard, so there’s not a feeling like we have to lead. We just need to have that one-track mindset.”