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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Inexperience not slowing down Bishop England boys

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Daniel Island—The Bishop England boys’ basketball team has been on a roll the past two seasons, claiming consecutive region championships.

The road to a third straight was supposed to be a little more difficult with only three players with varsity experience returning, but the Bishops have gotten out to an 11-7 start with a 3-1 mark in conference action, tying them atop the standings with Manning.

“Our expectations every year are to win the region. We’ve won it the last two seasons and the kids want a three-peat. That’s one of our primary goals and we’re in position to achieve that. These kids battle and they don’t quit,” head coach Bryan Grevey said. “Stranger things have happened, but everybody is capable of winning the region. For us, we could win the region or miss the playoffs. It’s that tight.”

Junior wing Aidan McCool is the lone returning starter and has averaged 14 points per game. Sophomore wing Ty Schaafsma is also in double figures with 10 while junior guard Patrick Antonelli has picked his game up in region play.

Junior guard Thomas Michel, who transferred from Palmetto Christian Academy, and 6’6 sophomore center Daniel Brooks round out the initial rotation.

Several players have made an impact off the bench, including guard Colin Costello, forward/center Holston Rainero, forward Cameron Costa and guard/forward Charlie Michel. Guards Will Daniel, Jack Rider and Bobby Poch are in the mix as well.

 “The good thing about our team is that I’m not afraid to put anybody in at any time. In different games, it’s been different guys stepping up. It’s nice to see that. If teams are going to stop us, they’re going to have to respect everybody because any of our kids can go off one night. It has been a fun process to watch,” Grevey said.

Sophomore post player Taijon Simmons was averaging close to a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds a night, but hasn’t played since the first region game after suffering an injury.

Bishop England will look to grab first place outright in the conference on Jan. 18 when they travel to Manning. They will also end the regular season with a contest against the Monarchs on Feb. 5.

“They’re a very athletic team. They press a lot, they’re a good rebounding team and they’ve got some good shooters. We’ve always been a more patterned offensive team. We have to play smart and fundamentally sound,” Grevey said.

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