Wildcats close to full strength with football additions

El Dorado’s boys quietly tipped off their basketball season a couple weeks ago with road losses against Morrilton (46-40) and Conway (69-54). The Wildcats return to action on Thursday with a non-conference game at West Monroe and will take on Dumas Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Drew Central Classic.

Coach Bobby Mullins will add the football players to his roster full-force for the first time in game action this week.

In the meantime, the Wildcats’ slow start under a new coach could’ve been predicted. Mullins sees progress, however.

“I see improvement. You’ve got to start somewhere,” said Mullins, who pointed out the biggest issues early. “Like I said earlier, we don’t shoot the ball well and we’re not very big. Right now, we’re turning the ball over too much. I think we’re trying to play fast and some of it, it’s just don’t look at the man and just throw it. Some if it is early season, young mistakes. I want to believe that anyway.”

Adding the football players could alleviate some of the Wildcats’ issues, especially the size. Mullins expects the new players to be up to speed soon.

“We’ve had almost two weeks of practice by the time we play Thursday,” he said. “Hopefully we can get on the boards a little bit more. They give us more athleticism. Hopefully, it will help us on the boards. Caden Perry and Prince should help us on the boards and Dunlap.”

The season will be a work in progress but Mullins hopes to see immediate improvement in a few key areas.

“A little bit more execution,” he said. “Hopefully we do a better job on the boards and lower our turnovers.”

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