Stags get size and experience in 2013-14

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dan Brown/Independent Molik Meggett races for a loose ball during early workouts with the Berkeley Stags boys’ basketball team.

Football season is over.

The cleats, helmets and pads have been put away until spring.

It’s time to lace up the Nikes and turn on the gym lights.

There is still some deer to fear this year.

Basketball season is here, and it’s the Stags boys’ basketball team’s time to shine.

Fielding a squad that included five seniors and five juniors, Berkeley posts its most experienced squad since the 2009-2010 edition that included an all-senior starting five featuring Bruce Ellington and R.J. Robinson.

For Coach Joe Wallace, the 2013-2014 edition of the Berkeley Stags, while it may not have a Bruce or R.J. in the mix, has size, depth, and most of all, experience.

“The team is pretty much set,” he said. “We scrimmaged Military Magnet and did very well, although they still have a few guys playing football.”

Wallace mentioned key players to include senior D’Andre Richardson, and juniors KeyShawn Matthews, Molik Meggett and Alex Taylor.

Also returning are seniors Matt Harkness, Dee Harley and Tirahn Bradford.

“We have starters this year that have played since they were sophomores,” Wallace said. “We have experience.

“These boys have grown up into young men.”

The Stags have two more scrimmages before the regular season begins on Dec. 2 against Cane Bay.

Berkeley will also participate in the Lake Marion Invitational tournament over Christmas break.

Berkeley wastes no time once the regular season starts with four games in a seven-day stretch with the Cobras, Summerville, a home and home matchup with Stratford, Goose Creek on Dec. 11 and Timberland on Dec. 13 ... a trial by fire before the team breaks for the holidays.

In 2012-13 the Stags finished with an 8-13 mark, and a 4-6 record in Region 7AAA. Berkeley did not make the Class AAA playoffs in February.

Look for this year’s Stags to turn last year around and rebound in a big way.

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