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Cross basketball getting acclimated to new coach

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

 Cross—The Cross boys’ basketball team had a coaching change this offseason, as longtime Lowcountry head coach Ken Green took over. The Trojans are 2-3 through their first five games, but they have continued to improve as they get acclimated to one another.

“We didn’t have any scrimmages, so I expected the first three or four games to be like scrimmages,” Green said. “They seem to understand me and I’m starting to understand them a little better. I really think we’ll be able to make a run once we get to our region after Christmas. I feel pretty satisfied with what we’re doing.”

Cross only has one returning starter from last season in senior forward B.J. Fuller, who is averaging a team-high 14 points per game.

“He’s having to play the four and five, at times, but he’s really more of a two or three. He’s an exceptional shooter from the outside and he can drive. If we had more bigs, I’d definitely put him at a guard position,” Green said.

Also in the starting lineup is senior shooting guard Koby Lisbon (8.5 points), senior wing Kendale Gadis (7.0 points), junior point guard Jaylin Brown (4.3 points), and senior center Nathan Walker, who is currently absent from the team as he participates in the Shrine Bowl.

Senior William Jenkins is the main post player that sees significant playing time off the bench while juniors Deshaun Frazier (9.5 points) and Terrell Takeall (5.8 points) are the key reserves at guard.

Other players on the roster this season include guard Deondre Brown, wing Christian Johnson, center Curtrell Pinckney, and forwards Xavier Gattis and Nathaniel Walker.

The Trojans will compete in the Berkeley Christmas Tournament Dec. 28-30 before battling the likes of C.E. Murray, Bethune-Bowman and Scott’s Branch for region supremacy after the new year.

“We don’t have many big men down low. We’re going to have to get out and do some running and control the tempo with our guard play,” Green said. “We’ll have to spread the floor and get the matchups that we need. They’ll have to put their big people on our quick people and we’ll try to take advantage of that.”

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