Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HCA Varsity Men's Basketball Season Preview

The Harrells Christian Academy Varsity Men's basketball team opens their season on Saturday November 22 at home against Carolina Friends. The Crusaders enter the 2014-15 season coming off a 17-6 performance in the previous season. The 2013-14 Crusaders advanced to the final four of the NCISAA State Playoffs. Harrells looks to further their success and contend for a State Championship in the upcoming season.

Quate Mckinzie's size and athletic ability will be a key
to the Crusaders' success this season.
 The Crusaders are led by six seniors as well as six returning players from last year's varsity team. Among the returning players is Quate Mckinzie who led Harrells in scoring and rebounding last year with 14 points per game and 11 rebounds per game.  The Crusaders also add potential talent from juniors who performed well on the Junior Varsity team last year. The former JV players include talent such as Corey Pruitt who led the young Crusaders in scoring and Davis Jones who will provide leadership at the point guard position.

Harrells Christian accompanies their talent across the court with players who transferred to HCA this year. The talented newcomers are led by junior small forward CJ Kirchoff who played for Laney High School last year where he averaged just under 10 points per game. Tyshii Scarborough, brother of HCA guard Marcus Scarborough, also joins the talented roster this season. Tyshii Scarborough, who started for Wallace Rose Hill's varsity team last year, hopes to serve a vital role in controlling the offense this year from the lead guard position. The Crusaders extend their field of talented athletes with, Davonta Best and Quinton Faison.

With the freedom of having multiple ball handlers such as junior guard Donta Chavious, the Crusaders will turn to Marcus Scarborough to become more of a scoring menace on the court. The junior guard averaged 10.7 points per game last year and looks to strengthen his offensive play throughout the year in an effort to lead the Crusaders to a State Championship Title.

Spencer Cooke's shooting ability will be a lethal weapon
for the Crusaders' offensive attack this season.
A key player to watch this upcoming season is Spencer Cooke who could become a key contributor to the Crusaders on both sides of the ball. The senior guard served as a sixth man last year and only averaged 2.5 points per game but has worked hard during the off season to improve his arsenal of scoring abilities. Cooke provides great senior leadership and many intangible skills. He could become an impact player throughout the year for the Crusaders.

Harrells is led by six year head coach Clayton Hall. The Harrells Christian Alum looks to lead his talented team back to the state playoffs for a chance to contend for a state championship. The Crusaders have not won a state championship in basketball since 1979. HCA hopes to bring home the trophy and continue their growing success.

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