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Gray Collegiate High School

Gray Collegiate off to a hot start

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Columbia— Gray Collegiate’s boys basketball team is off to a hot start, looking to repeat the successes they saw last year, when the War Eagles nearly advanced to the state title game.

Head Coach Dion Bethea returns a team that has six wins in their first seven games and a squad that is seasoned, even though 9’9” Center Michael Marsh is the lone senior on the team.

Bethea said that he really likes what he sees in this team.

“We are doing great,” he says. “The guys are playing well and I love this group, and I think we are so much better than we were last year (at this time).”

Bethea said that his team is playing well defensively and sharing the ball around on offense.

“Our guys are making plays for one another,” he adds.

The head coach also added that he would like to see his team put a complete game together and take more charges. He also wants to get down the rotation of substitutes honed in as well.

“All of those are areas in which we can improve,” he says.

Junior swing guard Juwan Gary is among one of the keys for the Gray Collegiate team. Max Preps lists him as the #6 player in his class in the state and among the top in the country.

“He’s doing a bit of everything for us,” says Bethea.

Junior Point Guard Kahlil Robinson is helping the War Eagles as well, says Bethea.

 Fellow junior guard Tommy Bruner is also providing quality minutes for Gray Collegiate.

Marsh has been providing the leadership for the team.

Bethea said that his team is looking to win the region and advance back to the upper state finals and ultimately play for a state championship.

He also says that his team has been motivated by what many considered to be relatively low rankings in the pre-season for a team that was returning a core of its team.

 

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