Toombs, Patsatsia look to help establish Trojan frontcourt

Published 10:20 pm Thursday, November 11, 2010

While the homecoming festivities will wrap up with the football game Saturday afternoon, tonight, Trojan Nation will be indoors in Sartain Hall welcoming a team back to the court.

The Troy Trojans men’s basketball team will open up the new season against Huntingdon College in front of the home crowd and even though a big part of the team may be unknown to most, fans will recognize two familiar faces in the Trojans’ frontcourt.

Both Bernard Toombs and Levan Patsatsia are back for one more go round with the Trojans and both are looking to lead.

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“My mindset coming into this season is a new year with new guys,” Toombs said.

“Everything has been going well in practice so far. We got a lot of new guys on the team this season but we all see something good building here.”

Last season, the center saw action in all but one game, averaging four points and three rebounds per contest.

“This season, I want to be a presence in the paint. I want to contest shots and grab rebounds. I have been working on scoring more but I think the biggest thing I can do for the team is help out defensively and make things difficult for other teams.”

For Patsatsia, the Republic of Georgia-native is ready to do whatever is asked of him this season.

“Whatever the coaches want to do, I am ready to do,” he said.

“I know this season, a little bit more is going to be asked of me since I know the system and have been here for a while. But I don’t think there is any extra pressure on me. I’m going to have fun with it all. I get to do exactly what I want to do right now, which is play college basketball.”

During the Trojans’ exhibition game Monday night against West Alabama, the forward did just that, as he played 28 minutes and finished with nine points, four rebounds and assists and had one steal.

“Last season, I did what I could do to help the team,” he said.

“But this season, I will be looking to hit more shots and help the younger guys as much as I can. “

Both will be in action tonight as the Trojans will play host to Huntingdon College in the hopes of getting the first win of the season.