Despite taking a heavy graduation hit, Pelion enters the new boys basketball season with hopes of improving on last season’s 4-14 showing. The Panthers finished last in Region 5-2A with a 1-9 conference grade.
“We lost seven seniors, including all-region, all-area star Sean Davis (20 ppg), but we have a very good group of men working hard to accomplish main goal of making the playoffs,” said coach Parrish Deans.
“Though we are very inexperienced, this is the hardest working group of kids I've had. A good non-conference schedule will help us get ready for tough region. We must play smart and eliminate turnovers. We beat Barnwell for our lone region win last year with numerous games being very close. Wade Hampton is very dominant and should be ranked in the Top 3 in the state, if not No. 1.”
Deans welcomes back three starters, including senior guards Corley Lovell and Matt Davis and junior center Chris Jones.
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Newcomers to watch are 6-4 senior forward Weston Fleming, junior center Tyree Gainey, junior guards Dominic Stogner, Caleb Lang, Greg Jeffcoat, William Fulmer and Branden Earwoon, junior forwards Travis Richburg, and William Arender and freshman point guard Terry Davis.