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Buffalo High School student wins Gamer of the Week

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 09:38 PM

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Gamer of the Week award to Lathen Good of Buffalo High School.

The Buffalo Bison boys basketball team is working furiously for a state tournament bid, and with a win Thursday night, they will have that chance. A big part to their impressive run this year is junior shooting guard Lathen Good.

“This is the third year that Lathen has played for us. He set a school record of 70 3-point baskets earlier in the year and is continuing to add to that as the season continues. He’s the kind of guy who works hard for you every day and has a lot of fun playing the game,” says Bison Head Coach Chuck Elkins about his junior guard.

When asked what contributed to his shooting success this year, Lathen responded, “I’ve been practicing my shooting a whole lot this year, both in the off season and a lot during practice. We’ve played really good defense, that’s what has helped get us to where we are at this year. I’ve still got to work a lot on my ball handling, but my shooting and passing has really improved.”

Coach Elkins added, “With 70-plus three-pointers, he’s our second leading scorer and plays an instrumental role at the point of our press defense, so he has proved to be a very valuable commodity for our team.”

The Bison are poised for a tournament run, with Parkersburg Catholic the only thing standing in their way. When asked why they have been so successful, Lathen added this, “Our speed kills everyone; nobody can keep up with us. We also shoot very well on the wings. Our size hurts us with rebounding, but our speed and agility on defense and the fast break gives us an advantage.”

Team chemistry is a very important aspect of basketball and the Bison have lots of it.

“All of us have played together since elementary school and now we’re glad to be able to put it all together and play for a possible championship,” said Lathen.

When asked what drives him to play so hard, Lathen answered, “A lot of people used to pick on me for my size, and I just don’t let that affect me. It kind of fuels me and gives me the right mindset to continue to get better until I can prove to everyone that I can play.”

The future is bright for Lathen and when asked what he wants to do with the rest of his life, he answered, “I’d like to go to college wherever it best fits me and major in engineering. I also play baseball, football, and I’m thinking about running track this year, too. I attend church at Winfield Baptist in Winfield.”

This concludes our winter sports Gamer of the Week award series. Look for our spring sports series coming very soon. Think someone you know deservers the title of ‘Gamer of the Week’? Send your nominations to msmith@teaysptcenter.com for boy’s sports or bcoleman@teaysptcenter.com for girl’s sports.

Matt Smith, MS, ATC, CSCS, is the Potential PLUS Program Director at Teays Physical Therapy Center.