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Clarendon Hall High School
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Clarendon Hall Is 15-0 & Focused On A SCISA Class A Boys State basketball Title

By Billy G. Baker

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Summerton—Not many high school’s basketball teams practice at 6 a.m. through the week but Clarendon Hall (15-0) head coach Anthony Reitenour was looking for a way to test commitment from his players and the early morning practice sessions have done just that.

“At first some of the players hated it but after a few practices it was great to see everyone buy in to coming to school early and starting their day on a basketball court,” said Coach Reitenour. “I decided on an early morning practice to challenge 15- and 16-year old’s to understand commitment, dedication and focus are what teams need to do to win championships. We are focused on getting better every day and we are focused on winning a state championship.”

The Saints have defeated public schools like Oceanside Collegiate, North, Scott Branch, and Cross. The team played an AAU all-star team known as the Penrith Panthers from Australia in early January. The Saints won the game 71-68 after being up 14 points at the half. The team’s closest game to date has been a 50-49 win over Cathedral on the road earlier this season.

The team does not have a senior starter. The team captain is junior guard Zyan Gilmore who leads the team in scoring at 20.8 points a game along with 8.6 rebounds, 5.9 steals and four assists a game. “He might not pass the eye test from college coaches on first glance but if they hang around and watch him play they will see a player who gives 100 per cent all the time,” said Coach Reitenour. “I say he plays like he is 6-10 and bullet proof.

“Last year he was like 52 per cent on his three-point shots and he has had several 40-plus point games so far in his career at Clarendon Hall. If I tell him, we need 10 points and 10 assists out of him to win a game that is what we’ll get and if I ask him to score 30 points that is what we get too. He is a very coachable player.”

Coach Reitenour said that when you combine Gilmore with a player like Traveon Davis you have a deadly combo of two very good players who complement each other on the court. Davis (6-4, 205) is a power forward with strong play around the basket. He is averaging 14 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Davis was injured early in the season but is back playing at 100 per cent.

The Saints number two scorer is 6-3 freshman forward Kylie Horton averaging 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. Junior forward Tyrese Mitchum is another play maker averaging 12.8 and 8.2 rebounds a game. It is rare for most high school teams to have four players averaging in double figures but the Saints enjoy such a situation.

The 5th starter is 6-4 junior forward Kade Elliott who leads the teams in blocks with 12. Players six through 8 off the bench most often include point guard Daquan Miller, guard Josh Black and Jordan Boyd.

An upcoming home game on January 22nd against Cathedral should be a good tune-up game for the playoffs. “Just being honest there are some regions in SCISA Class A where some teams are a little down talent wise and you need to get out of your region some and play teams like Wardlaw and Cathedral, so you know what to expect once the playoffs start,” said Coach Reirenour. “We only beat Cathedral by one point, so we know we will be seeing them in the playoffs. This game will get us ready for what’s ahead.”

 

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