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 C.E. Murray ready to battle for the region V crown

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The C.E. Murray War Eagles may have exercised a demon during their non-region portion of their schedule as they went on the road and beat the Hemingway Tigers 64-51. The Tigers are the team that has knocked the War Eagles out of the playoffs in each of the past three years.

The War Eagles finished the non-region portion of their schedule at 6-6 and as usual they played several teams from higher classification and they played well.

“The biggest take away is that we were able to compete at a high level against teams in higher divisions than us being in single A,” said coach Neilson Hilton. “The team shows signs of playing up to THEIR capabilities, but we still are a work in progress. Some of my personal expectations of the team have been met but we continue to push hard every day to get better.”

Tuesday, they showed what they are capable of when they play War Eagle basketball as they went on the road to beat 5th ranked Scott’s Branch 53-51 to move atop the region V standings at 2-0.

“We what we can do when we compete at a high level. Scott’s Branch is a very good basketball team and they beat us pretty good the first time,” said Neilson.

Senior small forward Notorious Grant is one of the team’s captains and its leader. The team’s other senior starter is center Sonai Edwards and he leads the team in rebounding at 13 boards a night and is second in scoring at 13 a night.

Junior shooting guard Petrie Izzard leads the team in scoring at 15 while junior power forward Kamryn Mathews is also one of the team’s captains.

The War Eagles fifth starter is freshmen phenom Henry Evans. The point guard is averaging a double/ double scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds a game. He leads the team in steals and assists at two and six respectively.

Coach Hilton says Evans is one of the top 10 freshman in the state.

The top players off the bench are senior guard Isiah Scott and senior center Decarius Gibson. At 6-4 and 195 Gibson provides a strong inside presence off the bench. Scott is the team’s other tri-captain.

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