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C.E. Murray getting better each week despite slow start

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The C.E. Murray War Eagles have gotten off to a slow start to the 2018/19 season at 1-7 but a closer look shows that except for one game they have played up in classification in the early season.

Last season the War Eagles won region 5 A after a similar slow start. They earned a bye in the first round of the state tournament and came within one game of playing for a state championship.

“Many forget that we were in the exact same boat last year and we ended up in the lower state championship against Hemingway in the Florence Civic,” said head coach Neilson Hilton. “We just have to remain focus and committed to getting better each and every day. The tough schedule should help later down the road.”

One thing that should help the War Eagles overcome the slow start is they have a veteran squad with several players having played at the varsity level for three years. Perhaps the team’s best player is Deandre Wilson. The senior shooting guard is getting interest from several small colleges. He has been a major contributor since his freshman year.

The rest of the starting lineup includes junior’s center Antonio McKnight (6-3) and guard DeJuan Reid (5-10), sophomore guard Notorious Grant and low post player Henry Evans.

Coming off the bench for the War Eagles are junior guard Issiah Scott (5-8) and sophomore big man Sheldon Bradley (6-6).

Pertrie Izzard and Kamryn Mathews also add depth to the War Eagles.

“Our team goals for this year are to be competitive every single game, play fundamentally sound defense and share the ball on offense so we can be in the mix of things come region play,” said Hilton. “Team goals for this year are to be competitive every single game, play fundamentally sound defense and share the ball on offense so we can be in the mix of things come region play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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