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Andrews High School

Andrews basketball needs hot finish in region play


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Andrews – If not for several close losses, the Andrews boys basketball team might be in playoff contention with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

Andrews enters a January 24 region 7-AA game with Johnsonville with a 1-6 region record, 3-9 overall. Of those six region losses, four game by single digits.

Andrews lost by two in overtime to East Clarendon, by one point to Kingstree, by six points to Latta, and by seven to Carver’s Bay. If the Yellow Jackets can turn some of those close games around in the second run through the region, they may position themselves for the AA state playoffs.

Andrews remaining schedule has Latta (1-28), Kingstree (1/31), Hannah-Pamplico (2/4), Carvers Bay (2/7), Mullins (2/10), and Johnsonville (2/12). The lone region win to date was against Hannah-Pamplico.

Junior Antwan Gasque continues to be the team’s top offensive threat, averaging 14.3 points per game to go with nearly six rebounds per game.

Junior Rodney Giles, jr., adds 12 points and 5.3 boards per game. Junior Kevin Shannon is averaging 8.1 points while junior Charlton Williams and freshman Keshaun Wright each add about four points and four rebounds per contest.

The team has three seniors in David Rutledge, Michael Parker and Tyzhoe Gary. Rounding out the roster are juniors Sims Hutto, Xavier Eddy, Rodney Brewington and Eli Durham.

Football all-staters

The High School Sports Report recently released its all-state football teams for the 2019 season in all classifications.

Selected to the Class AA all-state team was lineman Rodrick Dorsey, who was a two-way performer for the Yellow Jackets. Dorsey had 42 tackles and 15 tackles for loss in 2019.

Dorsey also was selected all state by the South Carolina football Coaches Association, along with teammate Kevon Dorsey.

The linemen were key components and integral parts of Andrews’ great season on the gridiron. The Yellow Jackets won the region 7-AA championship and finished with an overall record of 8-2. Their season ended with a loss to Oceanside Collegiate in the AA state playoffs.

Head coach Scott Durham will look to replace several key graduating seniors, in addition to the Dorsey’s, but there will be several key underclassmen returning to the 2020 roster.

 The High School Sports Report’s all-state banquet is set for February 16 in Columbia at 4 p.m. For banquet and ticket information, call 1-800-489-0649.




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