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Laurens Academy High School

Laurens Academy pushing for playoffs

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Laurens— The Laurens Academy boys basketball team, under the leadership of Head Coach Travis Plowden, are currently sitting at 11-7 and third in the region, poised for a run in the second half of region play and hopefully on to the post season.

Laurens Academy is coming off a big win recently over Anderson Christian, a region opponent.

“That was really important for us to stay in the region hunt,” says Plowden. “We still have a chance to compete for the region title with four region games left.”

Plowden says that of late his team has raised their level of intensity but offensively and defensively.

“I really like the direction we are taking,” he says. “It’s just a matter of whether or not we can sustain it because our region is so competitive that you can’t have an off night. If you do, you are probably going to get beat.”

He added that it is tough to stay at that level of intensity for 32 minutes but that is what is going to be needed down the stretch.

Plowden also said that his team has to work on becoming better rebounding.

“That is definitely something that we have got to get better at,” he says.

Senior Guard Dawson Foster is playing well for Laurens Academy right now, including a great outing against Anderson Christian, including several key steals late in the game.

“That turned a close game into a comfortable win,” says Plowden.

Senior guard Noah Moore is scoring well for Laurens Academy and just crossed the 1000-point mark for his career. He is the team’s leading scorer at about 18 points a game.

Junior guard Charlton McCall is also playing well, as is Diamonte Grant, a freshman forward. Grant had a big blocked shot late in the game vs. Anderson Christian.

 Sophomore Forward Thomas Lowry has been steady and consistent all season long and can play very physical.

 

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