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Hilton Head Prep boys building for postseason run

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Every prep coach in South Carolina realizes that even the most casual fans remember how their favorite team finishes a lot more than how they started.

Hilton Head Prep boys basketball coach Jerry Faulkner is hoping to leave Dolphins fans with pleasant, championship memories in late February. And, his 2018-19 squad is more than capable of contending for the state AA title in SCISA.

After a 1-2 start to this season, the Dolphins entered their game with rival Hilton Head Christian on January 15th riding a nine-game winning streak. This despite several distractions with injuries and illness through the first six weeks of the season.

“We have had 31 practices since October 29 and we’ve had 11 practices with all 12 guys there at the same time,” Faulkner said. “But, we’re coming together now. Hopefully we are ready to play our best basketball of the season when it counts the most. I have a great group of young men. They work hard and they love to compete. The best thing about them is I love this team, on and off the court. They’re good kids.”

The Dolphins have five seniors on the roster but not all start and some play few minutes. Faulkner says a lack of playing time has never been an issue for any player.

“Some play more than others but they are all very good senior leaders,” the coach said. “There’s not a selfish kid on this team. They have accepted their role and they are very supportive. They’re easy to coach.”

Three seniors are in the starting lineup, starting with two guard Haddith Stewart, who averages about 15 points per game. Stewart is the team’s best perimeter shooter and was the region player of the year last season.

Senior Avern Montaque is a 6-4 wing who recently posted three consecutive double-doubles and is the team’s top rebounder and second-leading scorer.

Senior Jack Braun is the third starter and is a gritty defender and unselfish player, according to Faulkner.

Junior Tyrone Calloway is the returning starter at point guard. Faulkner calls Calloway “a true point guard. He’s very unselfish and he distributes the ball.”

Junior forward Stone McDonald rounds out the starting lineup. A third-year starter, McDonald is good inside scorer and rebounder with good passing instincts out of the post.

First off the bench in most case are sophomore small forward Luke Foley and senior guard Hunter Hopman. The team’s fifth senior is Logan Blair. Rounding out the roster are juniors Luke Bennett and Felipe Mendoza, and sophomores Carson King and Max Marko.

Faulkner says his emphasis with his team for the stretch drive focuses on defense.

“I’m a defensive-minded coach so I will never be satisfied with our defense,” the coach said. “We spend a lot of practice time on defense. We have to play good team defense. We have to focus on getting stops and rebounding the ball. When we do that, the offense will come.”

 

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