Boyd Buchanan Basketball Team Embraces Warrior Culture

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) After going to state tournament in 20-14 the Boyd Buchanan basketball team fell on hard times, going four straight years without a winning record.
Then new head coach Josh Templeton came on board two years ago, and the Bucs have responded with back-to-back 20 win seasons.

To toughen up the Bucs, head coach Josh Templeton started showing his team boxing matches.
Said Templeton:”I think at first they were probably like what is going on here? You can’t just watch two guys leave it all on the line in a ring. One-on-one. Getting their face punched. Getting knocked down. Getting back up. It’s inspiring.”
Said senior Preston Edmondson:”I thought it was awesome. I’m a fan of boxing. I’m kind of an outside fan. I don’t really pay too much attention, but I’ll see some cool stuff. I enjoy it. I thought it was really cool. I mean it brought a different kind of aspect to it.”
Templeton may not have given his guys boxing robes, but he did give them warm-up shirts proclaiming a Warrior Culture.
Said Jacob Oliver:”Basically it’s just. When something doesn’t go your way, you don’t pout. You stay good. You move on. Like a warrior would. You go all out no matter what.”
Said Templeton:”It’s amazing what guys are capable of doing when you start believing in them. And even more amazing when they start believing in themselves.”
Said Edmondson:”You’re down eight in the first quarter. You’ve got to find a way to battle back. Like in the boxing ring. I mean you’ve got to find a way to battle back and battle through adversity.”
Bucs have achieved quite a bit the last two seasons, including a number one ranking this year.
Said Templeton:”I think we’re a little more dangerous this year because we are more balanced. We have more guys that can put the ball in the basket, as they’ve done a lot of work to get themselves in that position. Defensively, I mean we’re just kind of built to guard.”
Said Oliver:”Our goal this year is to try and win the whole thing. Just go out and fight as hard as we can. If we fall short, we fall short. We’ve got to leave it all out there.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.