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Dorman High School
Roebuck

Dorman boys aiming for three-peat in 5A

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Roebuck—The Dorman boys’ basketball team has set the standard across the state after capturing the past two Class AAAAA state championships, and the Cavaliers seem poised to make a run at a third straight. They are currently 16-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in region play.

 “Our goal with our non-conference schedule was to prepare us for region, and we feel like we’ve done that,” said head coach Thomas Ryan. “We played three or four out-of-state teams that were phenomenal along with Keenan and Gray Collegiate, teams that we knew were very good. We’ve got an outstanding league and we hope those games prepared us for the tough ones we have coming up in the conference.”

Leading the way for Dorman has been a pair of returning starters in junior point guard Myles Tate and junior forward P.J. Hall, two of the top players in the class of 2020 in South Carolina.

Joining them in the starting lineup is junior guard Jack Renwick, senior guard/forward Kamal Desor, and senior wing Ta’Lon Cooper, who has signed with Morehead State.

Senior guards Tyrese Pilgrim and Sam Long have been two key players off the bench along with senior Jake Atkins and sophomore Earl Burgess. Keondre Shippy, Trasean Staggs, Jordyn Surratt and Payton Thomas round out the Cavaliers roster.

“We’re still trying to develop some depth. The last couple of years we’ve had some really good depth that has propelled us to a couple of state championships. We’re seven or eight deep, but we’d really like to nine or ten deep,” Ryan said.

Dorman still has the second half of the conference slate remaining, with pivotal upcoming road contests at Mauldin (Jan. 22) and Spartanburg (Jan. 25).

“I’m proud of our guys. They realize we’re taking everybody’s best shot and the only way to prepare for that is to work hard each and every day in practice. They’ve done that for the most part. We hope over the next two weeks before the playoffs start that we’re playing our best basketball,” Ryan said.

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