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Lake View High School

Ceasar says young boys basketball team will improve with experience

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake View – Despite an 0-4 start to the 2017-18 season, Lake View boys basketball coach Jeffery Ceasar feels his team can make the Class A state playoffs this season.

The roster is young overall and the team got a late start due to football season. The coach says 90 percent of his roster was involved in football until late November.

“We always start kind of slow due to football and this year, with so many new guy, it’s a little slower,” the coach said. “It’s going to take us a little time to get going but I definitely feel we can be very competitive this season.

“This is the most athletic team I have had here in my five years. It’s the most talented team overall and it has a chance to be my best team here. We have some work to do but we definitely have the potential. I am very optimistic.”

Lake View has just one senior on the team this season, point guard Rameer Sowells, who transferred to Lake View from Dillon High. The Wild Gators lost a host of seniors from last year’s team, which missed the state playoffs by one game.

Juniors Willie Wheeler and LA Nichols are returners from last year but neither started. The team has four players up from the junior varsity that should make a splash as they get their feet wet.

Junior guard Fred Reaves and sophomore forward Ja’Montrell Waters are two of the top scoring threats early on. Junior forward Tieray Blue, an all-state linebacker in football, is doing solid work on the inside, along with sophomore forward Larry Inman.

Sophomore Jiqyele Reaves is coming off the bench early but has been one of the better offensive players.

“We go with about eight guys in the rotation for now and we’re still building the chemistry,” Ceasar said. “We have good pieces. Now we have to put them together. We depend a lot on the sophomores and I believe once they get some experience, they will lead us.”

While his team is 0-4 early, the coach says the overall attitude of the team has been solid.

“They have a great work ethic and they enjoy playing the game,” he said. “We are playing hard and playing fast. They don’t play with any fear at all. We just have to work on being more consistent in what we do. Practice time will help us.”

Region 6-A will be paced by perennial state powerhouse Hemingway once again this season. Hannah-Pamplico would be considered a strong second-place in the region but the final two spots are wide open between Lake View, Creek Bridge, Green Sea-Floyds and East Clarendon. Lake View opens the region schedule on January 9th against Hannah-Pamplico.

“We are looking to be competitive with every team in our region,” the coach says. “We know what we’re up against but we have the ability. I think we will continue to improve over the month of December and we can be ready for the region schedule.”

Football season ends with playoff loss

The Lake View High football season ended with a 46-32 third-round playoff loss to Baptist Hill. The Wild Gators finished with a 10-3 record.

Quarterback De’Ante Bridgett set a school record for passing yards in a season by throwing for more than 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns.

The top receiver was Jalik Roberts, who had more than 800 yards and averaged 24 yards per catch. Benji Kelley rushed for more than 1,100 yards to lead the rushing attack.

Leaders defensively included junior linebacker Tieray Blue, who led the team with more than 140 total tackles and earned Class A all-state honors.

AJ Wheeler had five interceptions to pace the secondary. Linebacker Webb Caldwell and defensive tackle William Hayes also had solid seasons on the defense.

The Wild Gators had a host of underclassmen see significant playing time this season and will look to be a state title contender in 2018.

 

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