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Berkeley basketball teams heavy into region 7-AAAAA play

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – Region play has arrived for Palmetto State high school basketball teams and the boys and girls teams at Berkeley High are hoping to contend for titles in region 7-AAAAA.

The Stags entered their fourth game of region seven play on January 24 against Cane Bay and both teams look to be solid enough for a run at state playoff berths. The top four teams in region seven will qualify for the Lower State bracket in AAAAA.

The boys team, coached by Joseph Wallace, lost their region opener to Wando but bounced back with wins over Goose Creek and James Island. The Stags began the season with three consecutive wins and sit at 9-6 overall as the prepared for Cane Bay.

Berkeley has experienced several close losses, including a one-point loss to Timberland and a three-point loss to Fort Dorchester. Wallace has been able to identify where his team needs to improve if they hope to stay in the chase.

“As a team, we need to do a much better job of rebounding on both ends of the court,” Wallace reports. “I stress to my guys that we have to be intentional about boxing out and rebounding because we will be under-sized against everyone that we play.

“We have been doing a decent job of playing defense and communicating on the defensive end. Playing great defense can create easy opportunities for us on offense.”

Senior forward Hakeem Meggett continues to set the pace offensively, averaging 15.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Junior Framon Frasier has been a solid addition from the junior varsity, averaging 12.1 points and 3.1 boards per game. Another junior, Mark Crawford, adds 10.7 points and nearly four boards per game.

Sophomore Marion Mitchell averages nearly six points per game and junior Solomon Butler is good for 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.

“It’s definitely a different group, not the same makeup and chemistry that we had the last two years,” Wallace said. “With so many new guys, I knew it was going to take some time but I always expected us to be competitive. We certainly have the potential.”

Crystal Peace’s girls team began the season on fire, winning six of their first seven games before January. The 2020 portion of the schedule was not as kind as Berkeley lost their first four games of January, including region losses to Wando and Goose Creek.

The Stags righted the ship somewhat with a solid region win over James Island and sit at 9-6 overall as they head into the game with Cane Bay on January 24.

Berkeley is currently led by a pair of freshmen, guard Jyahni Smith and forward Peighton Jambor. Jambor is averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while Smith is scoring 12 points with 4.6 steals per contest.

Seniors Jordan Faison and Realyte Douglas each score about six points per game. Douglas also averages 6.5 rebounds per game. Junior Skylar Scott adds 5.2 points per contest.

 

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