Beaufort County boys basketball preview
While there are already basketball teams that have kicked off their seasons, such as Pungo Christian Academy, Unity Christian Academy, Terra Ceia and TEACH. However, Washington, Northside and Southside all begin their seasons this coming Tuesday night.
The Pam Pack has a couple of new faces. Head coach David Allewalt came in from Ocracoke High School to coach Washington this season, and have gone have not yet been defeated in preseason tournaments. On Nov. 9, the Pam Pack won all three of their games against Hoke County, South Central and Southern Lee by a combined 52 points.
Northside senior transfer Rashod Smith — who averaged 26.7 points per game last season — will start at point guard for the Pam Pack this season, and has a host of talent surrounding him. Seniors Antwone and Kash Godley, Justin Powell and Reese Gaskins will all play a big role, as well as juniors Omarion Blount, Jamauri Bryant, Jaden Hambric, Jay Biggs and Mykeal Jennette.
Terry Moore (Collarbone) and Jeremee Bryant (ACL) will not be able to participate right away, if at all this season.
Southside’s Davelle Whitney is making his varsity-coaching debut next Tuesday night at Croatan. Coach Whitney was formerly the junior varsity basketball head coach before the departure of former coach Sean White.
After losing a few seniors last year, they return one of their top leading scorers in Ty’Nahj Smith. He averaged 10.9 points per game last year, second only to last year’s senior guard, Jalen Kirkman.
Seniors Zach Green, Jamari Nelson, Daveion McCraw, David Albritton, Quinte Peele and Marcus Budbill will lead the team, and juniors Hundley Stallings, Aeron Wright, Isaiah Grimes, Kaleb Jones-Taylor, Nehemiah Worsley, Saager Desai, Jasper Clark and Peyton Thompson will fill their roles in the offense as well.
As for the Pinetown-Panthers, losing Smith to the Pam Pack is a tough draw, but they’ll have plenty of players capable of stepping in.
The Panthers went 17-9 under head coach Jared Adams last year. Coach Adams is heading into his second season at the helm for Northside. The Panthers put up a ton of points last season. After losing their two top-scorers, it may take a little bit of time, but the Panthers will likely find their grove and their go-to guys after a few games in.
Seniors Omari Crandell, Tyler Turner, Carter Boyd, Zakkai Wilson and Jon’Malik Freeman will be key to the success of the Panthers. However, juniors Sam Vansant, Caleb Alligood, Brandon Eborn and Jules Moore will probably see the floor at times during the season as well. The Panthers have three sophomores on the varsity roster in Hunter Braddy, Michael Jones and Ignaico Martinez.
Basketball season is here, and Beaufort County teams are ready to take a leap forward in their respective conferences.
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