Despite have a different lineup for each game so far, the Sumter High boys basketball team is off to a perfect start. The reason for the roster flux was the great run by the school’s football team, which occupied many of the basketball players’ time.
The Gamecocks improved to 4-0 in the early going after with a 62-41 romp against A.C. Flora on Tuesday.
Senior guard Travis Fredimon nearly posted a triple double in his first game of the season, just three days after playing in the North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach. Fredimon’s hoops debut featured 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Quinn McClendon, another football star who played in the North-Soutb game with Fredimon, came off the bench to score 10 points.
Last week, Khalil Malone, Stephon McBride, Eren Moses, Timmy Roger, Marquis Thompson, and DJ Coleman all scored in double figures while leading the Gamecocks to a pair of wins without Fredimon and McClendon.
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“We have used a balanced attack with eight different players reaching double figures in scoring so far and have had a different leading scorer in each of the four victories, said Sumter coach Nathan Libesay. “At this point we are only waiting for one more player to return from a football injury, and hope to have the full roster available by our January 2 game against Crestwood.”
The Gamecocks will play in the Arby’s Classic In Bristol, Tenn. During the holiday break. The tournament starts on Dec. 26.