Boys Basketball Outlook: Area teams begin their seasons
By David Gough
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The 2018-19 boys basketball season is underway for some teams in the Daily Advance coverage area, while others start their season soon.
A few teams are looking to build off what they did last year and make even more strides, like John A. Holmes who returns a strong core that made it to the second round of the state playoffs last season.
Others, like Pasquotank and Perquimans, have new head coaches and are hoping to build up experience with their young cores.
Here is more on boys basketball teams in the area:
Coach: Tim Dunn
Last season’s record: (3-15, 3-9 Tarheel)
The Colts bring back most of their roster this season after winning just three games last year.
Junior forward Luke Grey and senior center Jacob Stallings are back after they led the team in scoring last year. Stallings averaged 11.8 per game, while Grey averaged 10.8.
This season, Albemarle School is seeing new scorers come to the forefront. Sophomore Brandon Gilliam has averaged a little more than 20 points per game and junior Avery Krywanczyk has averaged 13.
The Colts are 3-3 so far with 95, 88 and 73 points scored in their wins.
Coach: Mark Harnly
Last season’s record: (13-13, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic)
In Harnly’s 23rd year as Camden’s head coach, the Bruins are mostly inexperienced to begin this season after four seniors from last year’s team graduated.
The two returning members with the most experience are juniors Tim Aydlett and Brad Harrell. Aydlett was the second-highest scorer for Camden last season 13.1 points per game.
The 6-foot-2 guard will likely take another step up this season as he scored a team-high 30 points in the Bruins’ 67-63 win over Currituck in their only game so far this season. Junior forward Carlton Harrell also contributed 21 points and nine rebounds in that win.
Sophomore forward Jayden Walton and junior guard Reid Robeson will also be in the mix for Camden as it hopes to build experience as the season moves along
Coach: Gunnell Rupert
Last season’s record: (6-15, 1-9 Northeastern Coastal)
The Knights return the same starting five as last season with seniors Devin Whiteman, Logan Harp, Ricky Owens, Josh Aubuchon and junior K.J. Harvey.
Last season was Rupert’s first year as Currituck’s head coach and he is the third head coach the program has had since this year’s seniors were freshmen.
Also returning are juniors Jayden Calloway, Zak Harlow and sophomore Traveon Powell. In 12 games played, Calloway led the Knights with 13.3 points per game.
Last year’s second-leading scorer (10.1 points per game) and leading rebounder (8.5 boards per game) Lorenza Spence graduated, as has Quavon White who scored 9.5 points per game.
Currituck is currently 1-1 with a close loss at Camden and a win at North Pitt, and are looking to build off the experience they gained on the court last year for better success last season.
JOHN A. HOLMES
Coach: Robert Woodley
Last season’s record: (19-5, 9-1 Albemarle Athletic)
The Aces will be looking to repeat as Albemarle Athletic Conference champions for a second straight year.They stand a good chance of doing with eight returning members and four returning starters.
John A. Holmes returns All-Area members in senior Antuan Sharpe and junior Mitjonta Stanley. Last year, Sharpe averaged 14 points per game as Stanley averaged 12. They also were effective on defense with a couple steals per game.
Among the Aces’ returning starters are senior Zion Boston and junior Keimonte Raynor, both forwards. Raynor hauled in 9.5 rebounds per game last season.
John A. Holmes’ newest starter will be junior forward Keenan Dowing.
The Aces have yet to play due to success on the football field, but they will also be adding senior Kentreaz Coston and junior Bobby Wilson to the mix after they sat out last year due to football injury.
Coach: Ronald Nixon
Last season’s record: (21-5, 10-0 Northeastern Coastal)
The Eagles will be looking to repeat as Northeastern Coastal champions, but they did lose nine seniors after bowing out of the second round in last year’s 2A state playoffs.
No longer do they have senior All-Area members Damar Sutton, Garfield Brown and Clifford Shaw.
This year’s senior class will include Aaron Harris, Jorell Baum, William Riddick, Kinelly Welch and Jahri Leigh. Leigh and Welch led the Eagles’ juniors with 3.2 and 2.2 points per game, respectively, last season.
Coach: Jaron Moore
Last season’s record: (2-20, 2-8 Northeastern Coastal)
Former Pasquotank and Elizabeth City State player Jaron Moore was tabbed as the Panthers’ new head coach this season after coaching Pasquotank’s JV team last season.
Eight seniors graduated from last year’s team as guards Chris Hinmon and Jevon Colbert are the only seniors and returning members to this year’s team.
Sophomores Jataevion Sawyer, Amauri James and junior Devonte Gibson a guard and two forwards respectively, are likely to be starters after being coached by Moore at the junior varsity level last season.
Pasquotank will also be looking to get attributions from junior forward Kennan Jason and junior guards Nuekwiah Allen and Qua’veyon Cofield.
Coach: Colin Woodley
Last season’s record: (11-13, 2-8 Albemarle Athletic)
In Woodley’s first season as head coach of Perquimans, the Pirates are another team that have significant inexperience coming into this season.
Senior guard Ceo Riddick is the only returning varsity member as 10 seniors graduated from last year’s team.
Freshman A’marion Hunter will be relied upon to help run Perquimans’ offense as Woodley hopes to see players develop more and more as the season goes on.
The Pirates are 1-2 to begin the season with a 70-64 win over Ocracoke most recently, to avenge their 11-point loss to them to begin the season.
Coach: Gene Chory
Last season’s record: (9-10, 3-4 North Carolina Christian)
The Eagles are a young team with only two seniors this season.
There are no juniors on the team, six sophomores, two freshmen and one eighth-grader.
Senior guard Dalton Evans will be a key member this season as will fellow senior guard Cameron Rosenberger, when he returns in January from an ankle injury.