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Dillon Boy’s Hoops Begins Second Season Under Lee Page With Goals Of making It back To AAA Finals Again

By Billy G. Baker

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Dillon—In his head basketball coaching debut last year at Dillon High (14-4) rookie head coach Lee Page took the Wildcats to the AAA finals before losing to Southside and with the graduation of 9 senior players the team could be in for a slight rebuilding season as he enters year two.

With the football team winning the AAA state title on December, 4 many of his players are just getting into basketball form and key player Tyqaun Porter has missed a game due to his playing on the Shrine Bowl all-star team. The team is looking to replace three outstanding graduated players in Keenan Norman, Javier Bookins along with Raheem McClam.

As of December, 14th the team was 0-2 with close losses to Mullins and Latta.

“We really hope to be playing better after we get all our football players transitioned more into basketball shape and winning the region title is certainly one of our main goals,” said Coach Page who went on to play football and baseball at Catawba College after graduating form Dillon in 2003. “Our goal is to be playing our best basketball around playoff time and then make a run in the playoffs like we did last season.

“Right now the strength of the team is our desire to play our best in order to get back to the championship game and we are very athletic and physical with a lot of potential,” said Coach Page. “We are still working on developing team chemistry with so many new faces and new starters this season. We just need to jell as a team and play good solid team basketball.”

Dillon employs an up-temp three guard offense led by Porter an all-region shooting guard. “Tyquan is a slasher and a playmaker and just a great athlete who does well no matter what sport he is playing,” said Coach Page. “The better he plays the better the whole team plays.”

Junior forward Darius Boatwight (6-7, 175) is another returning all-region performer who is the team’s top next level basketball prospect. “Darius has a huge upside and he can go down low and play well on the block and he can also go outside and shoot from long range,” said Coach Page. “He is averaging 10 points and around 10 rebounds a game. He is our best prospect right now for the next level.”

Freshman point guard Zy Charles has had an immediate impact on the team. In a recent game he had 11 points and 8 assists. “Our offense runs through him right now,” said Coach Page. “He is getting better with each game.”

Junior shooting guard Corrian Wright is described as a great shooter with above average defensive skills. The team is also getting good play from senior center Ty Rogers (6-2, 220) who is averaging 8 points and 9 rebounds per game early on.

Several times during a game Coach Page puts in his second group of five players in and they play flat-out for two to three minutes to help give the starting group a breather. This group consists of senior guard Jalen Williams, sophomore guard Daizon Alford, senior guard George Thompson, sophomore forward Ty’Reek Porter, and sophomore center Demari Ladson (6-4, 230).

“We vary our starting group from game to game and everybody on our roster plays at some point in every game,” said Coach Page. “Our second group always comes in and they give us some quality play with their hustle and defense.”

Three other players are contributing in the persons of senior guard Timmy Leong, senior guard Delton McKenzie and sophomore guard Omar McKinley.

Over the holidays the Wildcats will participate in two events. They will play in the Robinson County Shoot-out in Lumberton, N.C. before Christmas and face a yet to be named opponent. Then between December 27-29 they will travel to West Bladen High in North Carolina to play the host school in the first game of that event.

Last season on the way to the AAA finals the Wildcats averaged 72 points a game. They play an up-tempo offense and mostly a man-to-man defense.

Coach Page is assisted by Splinter Spivey and Stacy Smith.   

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