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Latta High School

Latta Vikings looking to return to playoffs

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – After missing the class AA playoffs last year the Latta men’s basketball team is on a mission to see that it doesn’t happen this season as they have gotten off to a solid start to the season. Currently, sitting at 9-3 overall and 4-2 in region play the Vikings are holding one of the regions playoff spots.

“Having played here along with my assistant coaches (Chris Page and Brandon Page) we know firsthand how big basketball use to be in this small community and we are trying to bring that culture back,” said head coach Chris German. “We have gotten off to a good start playing some tough teams early. It should help us in region play. We play in arguably the toughest region in the state so we have to bring it every night.”

The Vikings starting lineup has a good mix of veterans and young play makers. They are led by three-year starters in seniors Darius McRae and Deonte' Stanley. McRae is the team’s leading scorer averaging 15 points a night while Stanley averages a double/ double with 11 points and 11 rebounds per contest.

Two-year starters are juniors Nasir Seller and JR McClam. Sellers is on the verge of averaging a double/ double as he scores 9 a game and grabs 9 rebounds a game. McClam leads the team in steals at four per game.

Sophomore guard Trey Miles rounds out the starting five and leads the team in assists with six per contest. He also drops in 7 points a night.

The Vikings sixth man is Naeem "Kid" Roberts. Roberts has started from time to time and chips in six points a night. He also nabs four steals a night.

Also providing solid minutes off the bench are Raheim "Jeff" Bowman, Jamario Taylor, Brandon Page Jr and Kiese Blake.

 “Our expectations for this season are to progressively get better each game and defensively cause havoc and so far we have exceeded them. We are getting ready to go back through region play. It's going to be some great games in the next couple of weeks and we just need to continue to play great defense and execute on offense,” said Coach German.

 

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