By Rodrick Jones, Sports Editor
The Keenan Raiders boys’ basketball team took on the Indian Land Warriors on February 26 in the third round of the state playoffs. The team came in 20-6 and had been on a 12-game winning streak. The boys had swept their region. Senior Marcus Stroman led the team in scoring (16.8 PPG), assists (7.5 APG), steals (3.0 SPG) and blocks (1.3 BPG) and tied for second in rebounding (4.6 RPG).
The Indian Land game was a close one with a score of 61-59. A late game turnover by Keenan led to a last second lay-up that gave the Warriors the win.
“I believe that the play was in our control,” Junior Antwan Holmes said.
The two teams met each other in the same round last year. Instead of the game being at Indian Land, it was at Keenan. That game was just as intense, if not more, than last year. Indian Land’s team wasn’t much different, despite the loss of its all-star freshman, who scored 42 points in their losing efforts last year.
“We’re looking forward to next year already as we plan workouts for the rest of the year and the summer to prepare the team for the upcoming year. Of course we want another region championship, but our ultimate goal is to claim another state title and acquire national recognition,” Head Coach Zachary Norris said.
With the 2014 2A champions, Newberry High School, being added to the region, Keenan’s outlook on next year’s season hasn’t changed. Coming back, the Raiders will have four starters. Holmes, Juniors Kendric Gathers and Javontae Davis are three rising seniors Coach Norris will look to lead the team next year. Freshman star Tariq Simmons, averaging 13.6 PPG will be back looking for an even better sophomore year.
“My plan for next year is to have a positive attitude and lead my team to the championship,” Freshman Tariq Simmons said.