Ridgeland-Hardeeville boys fall on last-second shot
By C.R. Cumbee
Ridgeland—Each year the Ridgeland-Hardeeville boys’ basketball team seems to be in the hunt for conference and Lower State crowns, and this winter was no different.
The Jaguars went 18-7 overall, captured the Region 8-AAA title, and won a pair of playoff games before falling to Brookland-Cayce, 67-65, in the third round on a buzzer-beating shot.
“We knew we had the opportunity to win some basketball games, but I think this group was overachievers,” head coach Jeremiah Faber said. “We didn’t have a true post presence and played basically five guards. The coaches did an excellent job of putting kids in the right position to win. We’re disappointed that we didn’t get to the Lower State or state finals, but I thought we had a great season.”
With the year coming to a close, the Jaguars will lose three starters to graduation. Tre’Von Anderson was the Region Player of the Year after scoring more than 22 points per game, and Kamrin Waddy was close behind with 17. Terry Pusha will also depart.
“I want to take my hat off to my three leaders. Terry wasn’t a big kid but he gave us that muscle that we needed inside. Tre’ and Kam brought it every night for us. I felt like we had the best backcourt in the state,” Faber said.
There will still be plenty of talent on the R-H roster next season, beginning with Rashamel Butler, who averaged 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals as a sophomore.
“Right now we have him penciled in to be our starting point guard next year. He’s 6’3 and he can handle the ball. We’ve watched his growth over the last few years. He really stepped up as our third scorer and we’re banking on him to be our leader next year,” Faber said.
Kevin Butler is another returning starter that is very athletic with a lot of potential. Other players expected to step into more prominent roles are Diamonte Robinson and Trey Pusha, who only played the second semester this season.