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Islanders fighting for region 4-A title in boys basketball

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

John’s Island – As they continue their steady progression from middle of the pack to the top of region 4-A, the St. John’s High boys basketball team can set their sights on winning the region championship this season.

The program won seven games two years ago but improved to 12-12 last year, finishing third in the region despite a 9-3 league record. Coach Kevin Hammack has a veteran squad with the potential for big things this season.

The 2018-19 season has started well enough for the Islanders, though once again there is a competitive battle for the region title brewing.

Entering a game against Baptist Hill on January 18, the Islanders were 8-5 overall and 5-2 in region 4-A play. They suffered league losses to Charleston Math & Science (55-51 in overtime), and Lowcountry Leadership Academy (64-54). If the Islanders can take care of their remaining region games over the next two weeks, the region title will be up for grabs when St. John’s plays Lowcountry Leadership on February 1 and Charleston Math & Science on February 4th.

Before those games, however, St. John’s has games with Royal Live Oaks Academy and Military Magnet, along with the game with Baptist Hill.

Entering the game with Baptist Hill, Charleston Math & Science led region 4-A with a 7-0 record, followed by Lowcountry Leadership at 5-1. The Islanders essentially need to win out the remaining games and get a little help if they hope to at least tie for the region title.

St. John’s’ non-region losses came to Academic Magnet (twice) and Philip Simmons.

This year’s roster is a veteran list with seven seniors and the upperclassmen are shouldering the heavy lifting this season. Tyrus Richardson is having an all-state caliber season for the Islanders, averaging 20 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Richardson was the team’s leading scorer last season at 12.3 points per game.

Senior Tyler Durham averages 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. He is nearly doubling his scoring average of 6.2 points per game last season.

Senior Devin Roby is adding a consistent 8.2 points per contest and senior Mickell Grant averages 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Senior Lavon Traeye adds minimal points but is the team’s top rebounder at 7.7 boards per contest.

The other seniors on this year’s roster are Reggie dela Cruz and Davaun Hamilton.

 Rounding out the roster are juniors Myles Smith, Deawndre Brooks and Jamal Williams, along with freshman Jordan Brown.

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