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Knights break through for region victory

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK - The Stratford boys basketball team earned a much-needed region victory celebration at Cane Bay on Jan. 15.

The Knights outscored the Cobras by 11 points over the final eight minutes to pull out a 44-36 win that prevented them from falling into the region cellar.

“You hate to put it on your kids but we told them this is one we had to have if we wanted to stay in the playoff race,” Stratford coach Mike Jenkins said. “The guys completed the task by getting the win.”

Against Cane Bay, senior Kamal Whaley led the Knights (7-8, 1-2 region) with nine points while junior Wesley Witherspoon and junior TJ Coakley chipped in eight and six points

On the season, sophomores Jevon Walker (9.6 ppg) and Jontae Adams (7 ppg) lead Stratford in scoring. Senior DeAndre Johnson is third on the team in scoring at 6.3 ppg. Coakley, senior Hassan Doiley, Witherspoon and Whaley are consistent contributors on the scoreboard for the Knights.

On the boards, Coakley and sophomore David Washington are the top two rebounders at 7.3 rpg and 4.7 rpg. Adams and Walker also get to their share of boards.

Doiley is the top assist man and Walker leads the Knights at 2.3 steals per game.

“It’s a tough region and I think it’s going to be a close region,” Jenkins said. “I’ve seen through the first three games teams can look a certain way one night and not so hot on another night. Our job is to show up and play the best we can and see what happens.”

It doesn’t get easier for the Knights moving forward. They travel to No. 2 Berkeley on Jan. 18 then host rival Goose Creek on Jan. 22.

They travel to James Island on Jan. 25 for a rematch of an earlier, 57-39 loss.

 

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