Highlanders making statement of late

February 17, 2014 

Heathwood Hall has made a late run to relevancy in SCISA boys basketball.

The Highlanders enter Tuesday’s regular season finale at home against the Augusta Eagles sporting a 12-10 overall record, but Jeff Whalen’s team recently turned a significant corner by posting back-to-back wins against SCISA powers Cardinal Newman and Hammond.

“We started the season with a lot of inexperience, but of late we have been playing very well,” said Whalen. “The big difference is we’re getting good guard play. I think we have a chance to be a factor in the playoffs.”

The first big win was a 46-44 overtime triumph over Hammond on Feb. 7 behind the balanced contributions of seniors Trenton Flemming (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Ryan Ellis (14, 3 assists), junior Alex Curtin (10 points) and sophomore Tucker Ruble (4 points, 10 rebounds).

The Highlanders rallied past defending SCISA champion Cardinal Newman, 53-47, on Feb. 10 thanks to a 23-8 run in the fourth quarter.

Ellis is Heathwood’s season scoring leader, averaging 11.6 points per game. Sophomore Nygel Vaughn (8.8 ppg, 3.5 apg), Flemming (8.5 ppg, 2.2 apg), Curtin (6.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and freshman Josh Caldwell (6.1 ppg) are the other top contributors.

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