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St. John's Christian High School
Moncks Corner

Cavs aim for playoff run

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

MONCKS CORNER – The St. John’s Christian boys basketball team improved to 9-7 overall and 3-2 against region foes with a 59-46 road victory against Dorchester Academy on Jan. 21.

The Cavaliers snapped a two-game skid, led by junior guards Nai’Ryan Bookert and Corey Moraux.

Bookert torched DA for 28 points while Moraux added 17 points. Senior Evan Mizzell and sophomore Bryce Taylor contributed eight and six points respectively.

The Cavaliers travel to Holly Hill Academy on Jan. 24.

They’re aiming for a spot in the region’s upper echelon, which should land the Cavaliers in the postseason. They have region losses to defending state champion Clarendon Hall and Andrew Jackson.

“We’re at our best when we’re all engaged, when we’re all there and we’ve put all of our personal goals aside,” SJCA coach Drew Crowell said. “You want your team to cheer for their teammates when they score. You want the team goal to be the most important.”

They’ve played well for most of the season but have let some games get away. Crowell believes the Cavs have allowed some teams to wiggle off the hook.

“Sometimes we don’t put it all together for four quarters,” Crowell said. “We’ll play pretty good for one half or a quarter or four guys play great and the fifth one doesn’t engage. If you look back there is some would’ve could’ve should’ve. We’ve got games where you look back and think what if we had played harder.”

Bookert is the top scorer, averaging 20.9 points. Moraux is also in double figures at 12.6 points per game. Mizzell (9.5 ppg), junior Joshua Legnard (7.3 ppg), senior Fletcher Law (5.9 ppg) and Taylor (5 ppg) are more consistent contributors to the scoreboard.

“Bookert has been unstoppable,” Crowell said. “Everything is funneled through him. This year, more than ever, I’ve seen him where he’s like I’m taking over the game. He’s got a couple dunks and he can score at every level.”

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