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Andrews High School

Andrews boys battling through tough schedule

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Andrews—When a school’s football team is successful, it usually causes the boys’ basketball team to suffer. Such is the case at Andrews High, as two-thirds of the roster recently left the gridiron for the hardwood.

The Yellow Jackets have had a rough start to the campaign, winning three of seven games, but head coach Kevin Branham knew it would take time to get everyone into basketball shape. It didn’t help that Andrews faced teams like Georgetown, Hemingway and Waccamaw in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

“The attitude and the chemistry is there. There’s not a lot of finger-pointing. We’re jelling, but 10 guys played football. There’s not a lot of teaching time. You just have to go play. They know the system, but it’s not that easy. You need the reps,” Branham said.

The Yellow Jackets don’t have a set starting lineup, with 10 different players seeing significant minutes. Amahn Anderson and JaQualin Little are the point guards while Carrele Cooper, Shamar Matthews, Corin Hudson and Tyquan Chandler play the other guard positions.

 Forwards Tyler Middleton, R.J. Knowlin and Roderick Gourdine and center Rayquan Kinloch clog up the paint.

“With teenagers, it’s easy to get complacent and think it’s your spot. I like to reward it when it’s earned, and when I feel it’s not, I like to shake things up. They understand that and they respond to it. They have the chance to step up and shine,” Branham said.

Also on the roster this season is forward Dennis Myers, guards Brandon Tisdale and Zaveon Stafford, and centers Jordan Commander and Kevon Duncan.

Andrews opens region play at Carvers Bay Dec. 15, its final contest before Christmas break. The Yellow Jackets host Marion Jan. 2.

“There won’t be an easy game in our region,” Branham said. “Three of the teams are in the Top 10 and the others could beat them on any given night. You’ve got to win at home.

“We’re 3-4 right now. It’s not the end of the world. We’re 0-0 in the region. I just want them to keep focusing on the small things.”

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