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Faber Proud Of His Basketball Team For Making it To AAA Finals In Columbia ?

By Billy G. Baker

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Columbia—As Ridgeland-Hardeeville head basketball coach Jeremiah Faber was leaving the court at the USC Colonial Life Arena in early March he was fighting back the tears of having seen his basketball team put it on the line against a very talented team from Keenan who had just beat his hard-working players for the AAA boys state title.

Head coach Jerimiah Faber fought back tears as he was leaving the court, told the HSSR, “We let things slip away in the third quarter and took some shots we probably shouldn’t have taken,’ he said. “The shots just were not dropping for us. We just didn’t execute well at all in the third quarter.

“We came into the season without our best post player who we lost to an ACL and a couple players transferred to Thomas Heyward so we were down a few players but I am proud of how this team kept improving and it is a credit to them that they won the Lower state and made it to the finals,” said Coach Faber. “The effort was there but sometimes our execution could have been better. I will go back and look at the film and see if I can figure out what happened. We’ll be back. We’ll be back next year for sure.”

RH started four seniors, Ny’gel Boozer at guard, Devin Butler at guard, forward Ronai Zimmerman and forward Daquandre Hamilton. The lone non-senior starting was sophomore guard Rashad Baker.

Boozer led RH in scoring with 18 including two steals. Hamilton had six points, and Devin Butler and Rashamel Butler each had five points. Jeremiah Orr contributed four points and Baker close out the scoring wide shots the two.

 For the game RH shot 7 of 8 on free throws. However, they could not overcome 15 of 48 made shots and 25 turnovers. Keenan made 12 of 17 free throws and had 15 turnovers and made 28 of 51 shots they attempted.

“I am proud of my players and they never gave up and we battled to the end,” said Coach Faber, certainly headed for the Hall of Fame one day in South Carolina/

 

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