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Darlington High School

The young Falcons aiming to challenge for a region championship

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – Despite dropping their last two games the Darlington High Falcons have gotten off to a solid start at 13-5 overall and 1-2 in region play in coach Anthony Heilbronn’s second season on the bench and in spite the loss of six seniors and their top three scorers the goals their goals and aspiration remain the same to end the season in Columbia.

“I'm just really proud of the start we've gotten off to. We went 12-3 in our non-region schedule and getting these young guys off to a good start has allowed things to snowball confidence wise,” said coach Heilbronn. 

The Falcons won the region VI crown last season, but the season ended in disappointment as they fell to region rival and underdog Wilson 64-57 in the lower state final.

The 2019/2020 edition may have similar goals, but the makeup of the team is vastly different as coach Heilbronn is relying on more underclassmen this season. The Falcons youth has shown in the last two games as they fell to 7th ranked Myrtle Beach (10-3/2-0) and 10th ranked Marlboro County (13-5/3-0). Next up is a visit from 6th ranked North Myrtle Beach (15-1/2-1). Such is life in region VI AAAA.

Leading the youth movement is freshman point Orlando Hudson. The 5-9, 155-point guard leads the team in scoring and assists at 12.2 points per game and 4.1 assists. He also has shown his growing pains by leading the team in turnovers.

“We have a freshman point guard, "Deuce" Hudson, and that means a lot of ups and downs as he grows. The better he does the better the team does,” coach Heilbronn said.

Tre’ Quan Scott is second on the team in scoring at 11 points per contest. The junior two guard also dishes out 3.4 assists per game. He leads the team with 38 three-pointers. He is on of the two returning players who saw significant minutes last season.

The other returner is junior Daniel Perkins along with newcomers Davion Bowens and sophomore Qua’like Lewis are averaging over 20 points and 16 rebounds. Perkins is the team leader in steals with 58 while Bowens leads the team in blocks with 30.

Two seniors who provide an inside/ outside punch are guard Kyreese Polk (5-11, 175) and forward Javorius Williams (6-2, 205).

Juniors Dominick Gary and Jonah Ham and eighth grader Keenan Dubose have been solid off the bench for the Falcons giving coach Heilbronn 10 points a night between them.

The rest of the Falcons are senior Jacques Brown and juniors Shirvy Davis, Jalen Samuel and Caleb Ross.

“We've taken some growing pains, but it will only make us stronger for the playoffs and in the future. We are young and inexperienced, but that has a double meaning. We just go out and play ball as that's all they know how to do. There isn't much thinking going on as we try to simplify things as much as possible,” coach Herlbronn said.

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