One thing that Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis can say is that his team is vastly improving. Even though they lost to Little Rock McClellan for the second time this season, Davis said he sees his team getting better.

"We played outstanding basketball (Tuesday)," Davis said. "We knew everything had to go right and play perfectly."

The Bears did play nearly perfect until the last two minutes.

"We had a couple calls," Davis said, "and McClellan made plays when they had to make plays. That’s why they are second in our conference. It’s why they are who they are."

Sylvan Hills (5-10, 2-6) lost to the Lions 74-47 in their conference opener.

Davis said his group of young players looked more like a "playoff team" than they have since the beginning of the season.

The improvement begins at the guard position. With the type of basketball that Davis loves to play, he needs good guard play, which he said he got in Tuesday’s loss. Davis has four each with their own skill sets.

Juniors Delsin Parker and Ronnie Hinton are the grizzled veterans while Tra Doss, a sophomore and Cordy Winston, a freshman very much represent the future of the guard position.

"Ronnie is a shooter," Davis said, "and Delsin is the fastest kid on the floor."

Davis said Parker is able to create instant space between he and the defender with his speed, and he can make plays in the press defense.

Doss is the do everything. With his football mentality, Doss is prone to the blue-collar mentality.

"He gets in there," Davis said. "We can sub him in to any of the positions. He can shoot, pass and he is hard-nosed."

New to the mix is Winston, who Davis just recently inserted into the starting lineup, and has been outstanding since coming up from the junior high squad.

If there’s any weakness, it’s size.

The four guards range in height from 5-6 to 5-8 and weigh an estimated average of about 150 pounds that works against them against most teams who have much bigger guards.

But it doesn’t keep Davis’ guards from playing big.