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Boys Basketball Outlook: Pirates, Eagles positioned for strong campaigns

Boys Basketball Outlook

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Northeastern guard Garfield Brown (with ball) is one of multiple seniors on the boys basketball team aiming to guide the Eagles on a playoff run this winter.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Monday, November 27, 2017

Perquimans and Northeastern are positioned to have solid boys basketball seasons this winter.

Both have returning core players with veteran head coaches.

The Eagles in Class 2A and the Pirates in Class 1A could make significant runs in the state playoffs this winter.

Many of the other programs in The Daily Advance’s coverage area will depend on young players.

Here is more on area boys basketball teams:

 

ALBEMARLE SCHOOL

Coach: Tim Dunn

Last season’s record: (2-18, 0-13 TIC)

Outlook: The Colts aim to build from last season’s two-win campaign this winter.

One of the benefits of last season for Albemarle School was that three of their projected starters this season earned playing time last year.

Spencer Wentz, a senior, will lead the Colts in the backcourt.

Dunn noted that Wentz, a 6-foot point guard, sees the game very well.

Jacob Stallings, a junior center, Luke Gray, a sophomore forward, Brandon Jackson, a sophomore guard, and Logan Dunn, a freshman guard, are expected to be in the starting lineup for Albemarle School.

Also expected to contribute are sophomore guard Garrett Small and freshman guard Raymond Hooper.

Dunn noted while the Colts are young, the team is fast and has multiple ways to finish and added that should help the team do very well this season.

 

CAMDEN

Coach: Mark Harnly

Last season’s record: (21-6, 16-2 Coastal 10)

Outlook: The Bruins will be led by returning starters JR Williams and Anthony Cordy.

Williams and Cordy were key members for Camden winning a share of the Coastal 10 Conference title last winter.

With Coastal 10 Conference Player of the Year and sharp shooter Zach Robeson now at North Carolina Wesleyan, the Bruins will rely on the two senior guards to lead the team in the new 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference this season.

The pair are two of the three returnees from last season’s club.

Williams, a two-year starter, averaged around 12 points per game last season with close to six rebounds per contest.

Harnly noted that Cordy is a great defender and leader.

Brock Colson will assist in the scoring load this season for the Bruins as he averaged a touch over eight points per game and connected on 64 shots from behind the 3-point line last season.

Other contributors for Camden this season will be sophomores Tim Aydlett, Bradley Harrell and Jackson Gay.

The Bruins open the 2017-18 regular season in Williamston against Riverside on Wednesday.

 

CURRITUCK

Coach: Gunnell Rupert

Last season’s record: (11-13, 5-7 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: Youth is a theme for the Knights this season.

Currituck (1-1) features two sophomores in the starting five with Jayden Calloway and KJ Harvey.

Quavon White, a senior guard, Logan Harp, a junior guard, and Lorenza Spence, a senior forward, round out the starting five for the Knights.

Ricky Owens, a junior forward, is expected to be in the starting lineup once he returns from an injury.

It will be a team effort for Currituck to replace the production from Tre Burton, who was an all-Northeastern Coastal Conference performer last season in his senior campaign.

Josh Aubuchon, Taeyon Toxey and Trey Friendly are expected to contribute.

Rupert noted that even with the youth on the team, the club plays hard and with a lot of heart.

 

JOHN A. HOLMES

Coach: Robert Woodley

Last season’s record: (8-15, 3-9 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: Keimonte “K.D.” Raynor, Harrison Powell and Ckavyion Everett are three returning starting players from last season that are expected to contribute in the frontcourt for Edenton this winter.

Antuan Sharpe, Mitjonta Stanley and Nakevin Hill are expected to be guards for the Aces in the starting lineup.

With the John A. Holmes football team set to play in the 1AA East Regional Final at Tarboro this Friday, Sharpe, Stanley and Hill are still competing for the football team.

Woodley noted that he hopes the trio along with Zion Boston, Kel Boston, Wes Privott and J’Shon Bryant can bring the success from the gridiron to the basketball court this winter.

Strengths for the Aces this season will be quickness, team speed, athleticism and work habits.

As was the issue last season, having enough time to learn the system will be a challenge for the Edenton players this season.

The Aces will play in the Albemarle Athletic Conference this season.

 

NORTHEASTERN

Coach: Ronald Nixon

Last season’s record: (22-4, 10-2 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: After an earlier than expected exit in the second round of the 2A state playoffs last winter, Northeastern looks to secure another league title and make a run in the playoffs.

The Eagles return Daily Advance Area Player of the Year in senior guard Damar Sutton.

Sutton scored 15.9 points per game to go with 8.3 rebounds per contest last winter as a junior.

Sutton led the Eagles to the Northeastern Coastal Conference tournament crown last season.

The Eagles return the outside shooting of Clifford “CJ” Shaw and Garfield Brown at point guard.

Both guards are part of a senior class for NHS that aims to return the Eagles to the 2A East Regional Final.

Northeastern appeared in the regional final in the 2015-16 season.

The Eagles added versatile forward Dallas Hall this season.

Hall was an all-Coastal 10 Conference performer at Perquimans last winter and will be a key addition to the frontcourt for the Eagles this season.

 

PASQUOTANK

Coach: Michael Barlow

Last season’s record: (5-16, 3-9 Northeastern Coastal)

Outlook: Senior forward Shemar Beasley is the only returning starter for the Panthers this winter.

Altimese Turner and Vershawn Eley will play in the frontcourt.

Chris Hinmon and Jovon Crutch are expected to anchor the backcourt at the two guard positions.

Trequon Williams, Kylek Turner, Zavion Jones and Jevon Colbert are expected to contribute.

Barlow noted that speed and quickness will be strengths for the team and added that a lack of playing time together and height could be a weakness for the team.

The coach added that how quickly the team comes together and picks up defensive concepts with offensive sets early in the season will be key for the team.

The Panthers (0-1) lost their season opener on Nov. 21 at home to Perquimans.

 

PERQUIMANS

Coach: Tommy Johnson

Last season’s record: (19-8, 16-2 Coastal 10)

Outlook: Guard play will power the Pirates this season.

After earning a share of the Coastal 10 Conference title and advancing to the second round of the 2A state playoffs last season, Perquimans will be a favorite to win the Albemarle Athletic Conference regular-season crown this winter.

Seniors Malik Leach and Dwuan Williams will be starters in the backcourt.

Karayne Twine, Rodney Lyons and DJ Signorelli will start in the frontcourt.

Malik Watson, Ceo Riddick, Tae-Quan Tillett and DJ Johnson are expected to play key roles this season.

Coach Johnson, now in his third season leading the Pirates, noted that team quickness and speed are the strengths for the Pirates (1-0), while good health will be key to the season.

 

VICTORY CHRISTIAN

Coach: Gene Chory

Last season’s record: (13-3, 8-0 N.C. Christian North)

Outlook: The Eagles return two starters from last season’s team that won the NCCAA North Division title and advanced to the league championship game.

Cameron Rosenberger, a junior guard, and Kyle Swimme, a senior center, along with Chris Wilkins, Dalton Evans and Terrell Sharp will comprise the starting lineup.

Blade Larabee, Jonathan Rosenberger, Skylar Riddick and Gavin Swimme are some of the other players expected to play for Victory Christian this season.

The Eagles will have to replace the production from guard Shareif Blount, who was a senior last winter.

In his seventh season leading the Eagles, Chory noted that the team is young and trying to find its rhythm early in the season.

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