Richland Northeast opens the Region 5-4A boys basketball season tonight against defending region champion Lexington. The Cavaliers have gotten off to a surprisingly fast, 3-1 start. RNE lost a hard fought game on Wednesday against Ridge View.
The early key has been inspiring team play and clutch free-throw shooting. Sophomore Travis Hammonds and senior Jarred Guest lead the Cavaliers in scoring and rebounding. Other contributors include a host of young and inexperienced players that are stepping up and making huge contributions in all aspects of the game. Those players include Donald Tention, Quinn Martin, Chris Branch, Ryan Quarles, De'Juan Willinams, Arthur Whaley, Stefan Sims-King, and Raygen Pearson.
“At times we’ve had three sophomores, one freshmen, and one senior on the court at the same time,” said RNE coach Jason Powell.
“I hate that the region schedule starts so soon, because we are probably not ready to compete at this high level so early in the season. We'll be throwing these young guys to wolves tonight at Lexington. Young or not, these kids play hard and battle on every play and that is all a coach can ask for. It should make for an interesting season for us. They have been a joy to work with thus far in the early season.”