Stags off to rocky start
Life has not been easy for the Berkeley basketball team in the first two weeks of December. The Stags are off to a 0-4 start and the schedule doesn’t get any easier from here.
It’s come down to fighting injury and illness.
“We have had a rocky start,” said BHS Head Coach Joe Wallace. “In the second week of play, we were bit by the flu and the injury bug. We had three guys that missed games because of the flu and two others had ankle injuries.”
Combine the short roster with a tough early schedule, and the Stags are dragging come the winter break.
“Our schedule has been pretty intense,” Wallace said. “By December 14, we will have played seven ball games. That's tough for 16-year-olds and it's even more difficult when you are short-handed.”
The Stags dressed just seven players in a 78-33 loss to Summerville Friday. “And this was a good Summerville team,” Wallace said.
Deandre Richardson’s 11 points and Jayden Brown’s 10 points led the Stags scoring effort in the road loss.
Besides falling twice to Summerville, the Stags have also suffered early season losses to Goose Creek, and Cane Bay.
Tairi Major led Berkeley with 10 points in the 53-41 loss to the Gators.
In the season’s early going the Stags have actually played more games than they’ve had full practices with a complete roster. Wallace said what they learn now on the job before the end of the year they will benefit from come region time.
“Basketball season is long,” he said. “We are using all of these games to get ready for the stretch of region games once we get to the new year. We must continue to communicate, be consistent, and trust each other.”
Against Cane Bay, the Stags ran neck-and-neck with the Cobras for three quarters, but a 10-point second quarter proved Berkeley’s undoing in the 63-57 loss. Major led the Stags with 13 points and Dee Harley added nine points in the loss. For Cane Bay Jiquan Hammond’s 28 points led all scorers.
In Berkeley’s final week of play before the holiday break the Stags travel to Goose Creek and host Cane Bay and Timberland.