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POSTED: July 11, 2007 5:02 a.m.

Head coach Keith Bazemore and his newly revised Redskin basketball team have been hitting the court pretty heavily this summer with a 16-game streak with teams the likes of Tattnall, Claxton and Metter.

Bazemore seems content with his new line-up who won a fair share of the recent games.

The team just lost four graduating seniors: Alkeem Collins, Stephen Ranger, Trey Boatright and Barry Spencer.

Bazemore acknowledged that Collins and Ranger were his starting back court "who were both good defensively and worked well together." Redskin fans may recall the two as the point leaders as well. Bazemore recognizes the loss of a "hard-nosed player" in Spencer and the loss of height with the 6 foot, 3 inch Boatright. He said the team is quite short which he hopes will not put them in too much of a disadvantage.

On the up side, Bazemore speaks highly of current players Winston Johnson and Ivey Mutcherson, both guards. Although D.J. McElroy has opted out of summer training, Bazemore said he also will be a force to be reckoned with.

He said several members of last season’s J.V. team are proving their worth on the varsity level during recent games and cited two examples. He said Joseph Jenkins is proving to be an effective power forward, and Kyle Richardson is a good shooter.

"I believe our presence is going to have to be quickness and defensive pressure," said Bazemore.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Redskin girls team has a new coach.

First year coach Mike Butler, who had a rocky season last year after replacing Johnnie Miller, stepped down and is the spot is now held by Mario Mincey, a former Jenkins County High School basketball coach.

 

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