Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Cane Bay boys basketball team will be aiming to set a new school record for wins in a season after setting the mark last season, its last in Class AAA.
Last winter, the Cobras had 12 victories and finished third in the region to make the playoffs.
“We return four lettermen off last year's team, so we have a lot of turnover on the roster,” CBHS coach Calvin Craft said.
Among the players coming back is leading scorer and all-region player Jiquan Hammond, a junior, who has 841 career points. Seniors Christian Lawyer and Juwan Tolliver return with a lot of game experience and Craft expects big years from both of them, he said.
Rashard Thomas is another returning letterman, who could supply some timely shooting from the bench.?Senior Fabian Johnson is a literally a big addition to the team. The 6-foot, 8-inch post player returns to the court after not playing since his freshman season.
“We hope he will give us an inside force we have not had in the program to this point,” Craft said. “Adding depth in the post is junior Devin Kilgore, who was our starting quarterback for the football team. Also stepping into prominent roles after playing on junior varsity will be Raekwon Rivers (a junior forward), Dexter Coaxum (a sophomore forward), Devin Dingle (a sophomore forward), Jamere Reed (a junior guard), and Najee Walker, (a junior guard).”?Craft said he really likes the attitude of this group and expects it will make great improvements as the year progresses.
“How long it takes to jell with so many new faces will be the biggest question,” Craft said. “We still are relatively undersized, especially at the AAAA level, so we will have to be strong fundamentally and utilize our quickness to negate some of that. We will likely not be able to score at the rate last year’s team did, which averaged over 60 a game. But I expect to be greatly improved on defense. We have concentrated on that all fall and in the preseason.”
Cane Bay opened the season on Monday night at home against James Island. Cane Bay hosts Ashley Ridge on Friday in its second game.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Cobras host Berkeley.