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Stratford High School
Goose Creek

Knights seeking playoffs in basketball

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK - The Stratford High School boys basketball team advanced to the postseason for only the third time in 16 years a year ago and is aiming to go back-to-back.

“We want to be a little bit greedy this year,” second-year coach Mike Jenkins said. “Last year, we just wanted to make the playoffs. This year, one of our goals is to host a playoff game by finishing in the top three of the region.”

“I can sense a different attitude for Stratford basketball,” Jenkins added. “They’ve got an expectation now to be good and want to win.”

The Knights bring back three starters and that trio leads the team in scoring through seven games. Senior Eric Burks (17.8 PPG, 9.5 RPG) and senior Dylan Samuel (12.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG) are the leading scorers and rebounders this year.

Senior point guard Tae Eaddy is at 8.1 points per game and leads in assists with 4.7 per game. Samuel and Eaddy average 2.6 and 2.0 steals respectively.

“Those guys have improved over the summer and preseason and I’m looking for them to lead us,” Jenkins said. “I feel like they can share the load and carry us.”

The Knights (2-5, 0-2) host Fort Dorchester on Dec. 15.They are coming off competitive losses to James Island, Cane Bay and West Ashley.

Senior forward Johnathan Boags (5-11) and athletic freshman guard Jontae Adams (5-9) are rounding out the starting lineup. Junior guard DeAndre Johnson (6-1) and junior forward Azyon McLendon (6-5) are the first two off the bench. Johnson averages 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds while Boags is 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds.

More team members are junior guard Hassan Doiley (5-9), sophomore forward Telvon Coakley (6-1), junior guard Bryce Ford (6-0), junior forward Kamal Whaley (6-3), sophomore guard Wesley Witherspoon (6-0) and senior forward Darius Hall (6-3). Whaley is averaging 3.4 boards a game.

Jenkins is assisted by Mike Bennamon, Jason Leverett, Reggie Burton and Alexion Boyd.

 

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