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Oceanside Collegiate High School

OCA basketball repeats as region champions

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – Throughout the early stages of the 2019-20 basketball season, most of the talk and hype as it pertained to region 6-AA centered around North Charleston and Burke.

Defending region champion Oceanside Collegiate was a mere afterthought in the minds of many, especially with the loss of several key players.

Yet, when all of the dust had settled, the region title was won by the Landsharks. Oceanside Collegiate won the region title with a 6-2 record, including two wins over North Charleston and one over Burke.

The Landsharks posted a 16-11 record overall this season. They notched playoff wins over Eau Claire and Woodland before getting eliminated in the Lower State semi-final round by Whale Branch.

This year’s squad was led by seniors Tristan Freeling and Sam Crowley, the two most experienced returning players. Freeling paced the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game, connecting on 36 three-pointers and adding five rebounds per game.

Crowley added 14 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Both were all-region selections, along with junior Daunta Hagler, who averaged 5.3 points per game.

Senior Malachi Oree led the team in rebounding at 6.2 boards per game, adding 5.1 points per outing. Senior Drew Coleman contributed nearly six points per game, adding almost four rebounds.

The girls team finished with a 5-17 overall record. Junior guard Kennedy Rhue led the way this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Senior Charlize Wright averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds and senior Quantrice Fields added 4.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Another key worker on the boards was Malaka Belser, who pulled down seven rebounds per game. Sophomore Ellie Smith averaged nearly five points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.

What promises to be a highly successful spring sports season at Oceanside is underway. The boys soccer team and the boys lacrosse team are defending state champions while the baseball team is the defending AA Lower State champion.

Baseball coach Jerry Stoots has a veteran, senior-laden squad returning in 2020. Pitchers Cooper Gaskins, TJ Provenzano and Gray Sobel are a formidable trio with tons of postseason experience.

 On the corners return seniors Darren Kraft (first base) and Grant Harris (third base), who also rate as two of the top returning offensive threats as well.

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