Monday, January 14, 2013
The Cane Bay boys basketball team has not been outclassed in any game this season but the wins have not exactly piled up for the Cobras.
They entered Christmas break with a 2-6 mark.
“We are on the verge of winning most of these matchups, which is encouraging considering we’ve only had three guys playing with varsity experience,” Cane Bay boys coach Calvin Craft said.
One of those has been lights out in the scoring department. Junior guard Jiquan Hammond is averaging 22 points per game this winter and just eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career when he poured in school-record 36 in a 69-63 loss to James Island on Monday.
“He has also been an honor roll student his entire career,” Craft said.
Craft’s team has also battled illness this season. Even the coach missed a game with the flu.
The Cobras will receive a nice shot in the arm with the return of Traevon Doctor after missing the first half of the season. He’s a consistent scoring threat to Hammond and is a 6-3 athlete.
“Hopefully his addition will help us get over the hump in these close games we have had,” Craft said. “He is a capable player and give us desperately-needed size.”
The James Island loss dropped the Cobras to 2-6 on the season. It unfolded like most of the five losses before it.
“It was tied 60-60 with 2:30 to go but we just made some critical mistakes down the stretch and James Island was able to pull out the win,” Craft said. “… Jiquan was exceptional but we just didn’t get enough supporting scoring for him to win the game.”
Juwan Tolliver comes back to the lineup too after missing two games with the flu.