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Undefated Bishop England Boys 19-0 & Top Ranked In AAA Boys Basketball

HSSR AAA Boys’ Ranking

(As of 1-24-2020)

1. Bishop England

2. Seneca

3. Keenan  

4. Wade Hampton (H)

5.  Georgetown

6. Edisto

7.  Indian Land

8. Ridgeland-Hardeeville

9. Waccamaw

10. Union County.

Undefeated & Top AAA Ranked Bishop England Boys Rolling Along At 19-0

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher  

Moncks CornerBishop England head boy’s coach Bryan Grevey is from Kentucky and he came to South Carolina to play for the Gamecocks under Frank McGuire in the mid-1970’s and he never left the state after finishing law school.

Deep down Coach Grevey has always enjoyed coaching basketball first and being a difference in the lives of the players he gets to work with from season to season at Bishop England.

The Bishops are 19-0 as of January 24th and for the first time in his prep coaching career Coach Grevey has an undefeated team at the mid-point of the season.

“This is a very unselfish team,” said Coach Grevey. “They play with a lot of energy and emotion. This team has 9 or 10 different kids who can start.

“We have played a lot of AAAA and AAAAA teams to get better prepared for our region,” he said. “We won the Orangeburg County Sweet Sixteen Tournament back in December against top notch teams.”

The potential for an outstanding team was documented when Coach Grevey submitted his all-state form to the HSSR after his young team went 14-12 a year ago. He nominated rising senior guard Aidan McCool who finished with 13 points and four rebounds along with rising sophomore Ty Schaafsma who averaged 11 points and six rebounds as a sophomore. McCool made all-region and Schaafsma made the HSSR all-rookie team.

Also nominated was point guard Patrick Antonelli who averaged seven points, three steals, and three assists a game for the Bishops as a sophomore last year. This season Antonelli is among the Most Improved players on the team and a reason the Bishops are undefeated.   

Coach Grevey noted on his all-state nomination these comments, “We are looking forward to next season where we will return three starters all eager to have even a better season,” he said. “Next season has the potential to be special.”    

One year later these three young men of last season, one year more experienced, are combining for 36 points a game led by McCool and Antonelli at 14 points each. Antonelli is quite the point guard averaging 8 assists and four steals a game while grabbing four rebounds. McCool is averaging four rebounds per game.

Daniel Brooks is contributing in a big way with 14 points and 8 rebounds a game. Schaafsma is contributing 9 points and three rebounds and Thomas Michel is scoring seven points, two assists three steals a game.

Bishop England just run a huge region game on the road at Manning on the 24th.  This team should be interesting to follow through the upcoming AAA playoffs starting in mid-February.

When you get past undefeated Bishop England in AAA boys most every other team in the classification has five or more losses so this should be a highly competitive group of teams once the playoffs start. Seneca is 16-5 and ranked second now by the HSSR but you can never give up on Zach Norris and the great coaching job he has done at Keenan especially with his 70-40 win over Ridgeland-Hardeeville in the state finals still fresh in our minds from last season.

“I told the players at halftime it looked like the other team was playing harder and I challenged my guys to step it up and I felt like we really did a good job on defense, and our offense got to clicking better in the second half also,” said Coach Norris .after the game. “We played more like Keenan basketball is the final two quarters.”

To date Keenan is 14-6 and 4-0 in the region as of the 24th and they have played a highly competitive schedule which should prepare them for a strong play-off run.  The Raiders are led by senior captain and 6-6 power forward Raekwon Horton who leads the team in scoring gat 20.8 points, 9 rebounds a game. Sophomore combo guard Jazian Gortman is scoring 16.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and getting 2.5 steals a game as a top defender. Sophomore William Marqueze is a 5-10 wing player contributing 14 points a game.       

Seneca is ranked second in the HSSR AAA ranking with a 15-5 record. Teams four through 10 are Wade Hampton, Georgetown, Edisto, Indian Land, Ridgeland-Hardeeville (Jerimiah Faber retired in October) along with Waccamaw and Union County.

Watch out for Wade Hampton (H) led by region MVP Samuel Gray scoring at 15 points a game with an incredible average of 15 assists per game. Junior Brandon Brantley is averaging 25 points and 8 rebounds a game and senior Quayshon Williams is at 10 points and 15 rebounds a game. WH has a make-up of a team that could make some serious noise in the playoffs.  

This classification is wide open and any of 20 teams in AAA team could make it to the gold medal round at this point.  


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