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Woodland boys still searching for first victory

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Dorchester—The Woodland boys’ basketball team didn’t have much experience returning this season, a coupled with a tough non-conference schedule, the Wolverines are still searching for their first win of the year. Three of their five losses have come by seven points or fewer, so they are close to putting it all together.

“We had a tough schedule and we’ve had some injuries that have hurt us. We just haven’t been shooting the ball well. We’re still trying to find our identity as a team and learn the defensive systems,” head coach Byron Graham said. “Last year we got off to a slow start so I had to temper my expectations a little bit. I’m happy we’ve been competitive and hopefully that will pay off in the long run.”

Senior point guard Mikel Shuler, an all-state selection last year, has averaged 18 points, 3.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He is one of two team captains along with senior center Braxtin All.

“He’s the only one who has a ton of game experience. Mikel has lived up to expectations. He has improved his scoring average, free throw percentage, three-point percentage. Everything has come up with him. We’re still trying to find the best four guys to surround him with to give us the best chance to win,” Graham said.

Also in the starting lineup is freshman Michael Shuler, the younger brother of Mikel. Michael is the second-leading scorer for the Wolverines with 6.8 points a night.

“He’s a special talent and he did a lot of good things as an eighth-grader. He’s not shooting the ball that well but I knew he might have some growing pains,” Graham said.

Two sophomores round out the initial rotation. Carlous Pelzer is chipping in 5.4 points while Lavel Davis is close behind at 4.8 points.

Junior center Tarimez Brown has been the sixth man, posting a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest to go with four points. Senior center Roger Britt, junior guard London Shannon and junior point guard Deleon Nelson see plenty of action as well.

Other players on the roster include senior guards Bryan Marvel and Jon Addison, junior forward Taurean Singletary and sophomore forward Rylan Ashe.

Woodland will host its Christmas tournament on Dec. 20-22 before beginning Region 6-AA play Jan. 5 against Whale Branch.


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