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Mullins High School

Auctioneers off to a rocky start but rounding into form as region play hits full stride

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The Mullins Auctioneers had an outstanding year in 2018/19 as they won the region VII AA crown going 13-1/ 21-4 in one of the toughest regions in the state. They advanced into the third round of the AA state tournament before falling to eventual state champion Gray Collegiate so with a veteran squad returning in coach Eric Troy’s first official year at the head of the bench, they are looking for another deep playoff run.

“Expectations in Mullins are always very high, and this year is no different.  Our goal heading into the season is the same, to win the region, win lower state, and win the State Championship.  As of today, we still have an opportunity to meet all our expectations,” said coach Troy.

The Auc’s are currently 9-5 and 4-2 in the region after beating Kingstree 51-34. They are tied for third with Latta and will have to play their best basketball the rest of the way if they are to repeat as region champs.

Coach Troy said, “This year’s start has been a rollercoaster with huge wins against Conway and Lake City, which should’ve given us the confidence to play with anyone.  That has not been the case in region play though. Our guys are learning that in order to see success, we must play our hardest every night, regardless of the opponent.”

Mullins starting lineup consist of three seniors in Chantago “CJ” Gilchrist (PG), Jacque “Tyler” Sainvil (SG) and ShaQuan Gordon (PF) and juniors Alim Legette (SF) and Kheauris Cross (C).

Gichrist is the team’s leading score at 11.6 points per game as well in assists (2.4) and steals (3.3). He is a returning all-region performer after averaging 13.3 points per contest. He is also one of the team’s captains.

Sainvil has hit a team high 18 three-pointers while Gordon (Captain) has been solid in the low block. He has missed some time but the Auc’s will need him down the stretch.

Legette leads the team in rebounds at 7.5 per game and chips in with 5.9 points while Cross is averaging 8.2 points per game.

Seniors Sammy Pressley (SG/SF) and JaHaven Phillips (PF/C) have provided solid minutes of the bench. Pressley is second on the team in scoring and rebounding at 8.6 and 5.2 respectively.

Phillips was recently named to the High School Sports Report class AA All-State football team as a defensive lineman.

“Our seniors are vital to the success of our team.  They provide leadership on and off the court and are the heart of this team.  Our season will go as how our seniors play,” said coach Troy.

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