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Fort Dorchester High School
North Charleston

Patriots hoopsters geared up for region action

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North Charleston – The middle of January means the most important phase of the 2018-19 regular season for high school basketball has arrived.

Region play has begun and for the next three weeks, teams in region 8-AAAAA will strive to be among the top four finishers in the league standings, thus earning a spot in the Lower State playoff bracket.

Fort Dorchester’s boys and girls teams hope to be among those teams that earn a spot. As region play begins, it appears the girls team has a chance to not only be among the top four but the Patriots appear to be the favorite to win the league title.

First-year coach Ces Champagne has one of the top teams in the Lower State this winter. The Patriots have been ranked as high as second in the statewide coaches polls for Class AAAAA. Fort Dorchester has 14 wins in their first 16 games, with one of the losses coming to state and area power Goose Creek, 50-47.

Fort Dorchester opened its region schedule with a win over West Ashley. But there’s plenty of region play ahead. The Patriots played Stall on January 15th in the first of two meetings. Upcoming are two games each against Ashley Ridge, and Summerville, and also single games with Stall and West Ashley.

Sophomore Aujea Bowman leads a balanced scoring attack, averaging 12.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game early on. Senior Au’Zhane Allard adds 10.3 points and 4.4 assists per game while junior Reanna Young is scoring 8.6 points per contest.

Junior LaTerryln Leshore is averaging 8.1 points and 8.3 boards per game, including 51 offensive rebounds. Seniors Janyya Burton and Bricelin Balcer are scoring about four points per game.

Defense is where Fort Dorchester has dominated this season, allowing just 31 points per game through 16 outings.

The boys team entered the January 15th game against Stall at 6-10 overall and 0-1 in region play. The Patriots have five losses by seven points or less this season.

 Junior Antoine Parker leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game. Sophomore Mason Grant adds 9.4 points and senior Latrell Marshall is averaging 8.6 points and a team-leading 9.9 rebounds per game.

Senior Makeil Spells averages 6.4 points and senior Earl Hamilton is adding five points per game.

 

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