Mickey Bissette talks to senior Xavier Gill -- Photo by Greg Mintel
CARY When first-year Wake Forest-Rolesville boys basketball coach Mickey Bissette took over, he thought he'd have to do a lot more encouraging. No current Cougars player, after all, has ever played in a postseason game.
But instead, Bissette has found himself with a team who hasn't stopped trying for him.
"These kids are eager to win," Bissette said. "They've struggled (in the past) and they're going out every day giving me everything they've got. They've got great attitudes."
The Cougars, which have won just eight games in the past two seasons combined, are off to a 4-1 start. Wednesday's win at Panther Creek was their third win by six points or less.
"You would think with a team that has struggled over the past couple of years that they might be looking for something bad to happen, but they just keep trying to make plays," Bissette said.
Tevin Barnes and Jordan Ayscue have led the way for the Cougars' scoring, while senior point guard Will Perry runs the team. Against Panther Creek, Perry gashed the Catamounts by making the right decisions off pick-and-roll plays.
"He does a lot of smart things," Bissette said. "I'm glad I've got him. I've had a couple of coaches from neighboring schools tell me 'Man I wish he was my point guard.'"
The Cougars open conference play on Friday against Heritage.