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Moncks Corner

Cavaliers trying to put it all together in home stretch


By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR


MONCKS CORNERDrew Crowell’s team is in the midst of an up-and-down campaign.

In fact, there have been as many downs as there have been ups for the St. John’s Christian boys basketball squad. They dropped to 7-7 overall and 3-4 in the region with a loss to Dorchester Academy on Jan. 15.

“It’s been a season of underperformance right now,” Crowell said. “We should be 11-3 right now. Some games we show up. Some games we don’t. It’s frustrating to get the effort level out of the kids that we need every night. We play tough against (unbeaten) Clarendon Hall and then lose to teams we shouldn’t.”

The Cavaliers play Jefferson Davis on Jan. 18 before traveling to region leader and Clarendon Hall on Jan. 22.

The top three teams in the region are guaranteed spots in the state tournament and one or two more could earn at-large bids. The Cavs are currently in fifth place behind Clarendon Hall (7-0 region, 16-0), Andrew Jackson (6-1 region, 13-5), Dorchester (4-3 region) and Jefferson Davis (3-3 region).

Before the loss to Dorchester Academy, the Cavaliers had won four of five games, including three by blowout.

“Last year we graduated some vocal leaders,” Crowell said. “This year, we’ve got young guys that want to play but we don’t have vocal leaders. It’s a learning process. I knew it would be a rebuilding year coming into it but once we laid our cards out on the table, I thought we had a shot.”

Sophomore guard Nai’Ryan Bookert leads the Cavs in scoring at around 19 points per game, Crowell said. Sophomore Corey Moraux is right at 10 points a game while learning on the job at point guard. He’s more of a shooting guard but has moved into the point guard spot.

“He’s getting better at it every game,” Crowell said.

Senior Dylan Parsons is the third leading scorer at around six points a game.



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