Predators cruise through early games

  • Thursday, December 26, 2013

Staff photo by Bill Bengtson Ikel El (3) puts up a shot against the Curtis Baptist defense. El is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.


The Fox Creek Predators boys basketball team has cruised through the early portion of its schedule.

The Predators (7-1, 2-0 Region 4-A) are the top-ranked team in Class A, according to the latest South Carolina Basketball Coaches Poll.

“I feel we’re at a good place right now,” Andrew Peckham, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “We’re 7-1, 2-0 in the region, and that’s where we want to be.”

Fox Creek earned its seventh win with a 79-60 win over North. Leading the way in that game was Brandyn Quiller with 22 points and five assists.

“The North game, we did some good things,” Peckham said. “They kind of kept it close early, but we were able to stretch it out in the second half and get around a 20-point lead. We’re starting to do some things well, transition offense is really good right now. Our half court defense needs to improve, and it’s getting better. Those are the keys as to why we’re 7-1.”

Quiller said the victory over North was the best game Fox Creek has played all year.

“We worked together and played as a team,” he said. “We came together to play the best we’ve played all year and came away with the win.”

The Predators will have a break from action until Dec. 26, when they take on Evans in the Monterrey’s Christmas Tournament hosted by Evans High School.

“We’re going to play in the Monterray’s Christmas Tournament at Evans High School and it’s going to be a great tournament for us,” Peckham said. “A lot of 4A and 5A Georgia public schools are going to be in it, and I think playing that kind of competition will only help us come January. We’re looking forward to it.”

The players are also excited for the tournament and want to bring home another tournament win.

“We’re trying to keep a good record and not lose at all,” Quiller said. “We want to run all the way through it and win it all. If we can get to the championship, that will be the best thing to do.”

Fox Creek has been led by the play of Quiller and Marques Sumner, the explosive guard duo.

“Marques Sumner and Brandyn Quiller have been the big catalysts offensively and defensively,” Peckham said. “We’ve gotten some big production from Ikel El and Corrin Cannon. Caleb Veihman has helped us out on the defensive side of the ball. We’ve got to improve on rebounding, boxing out and cutting down on our turnovers in order to be successful in this tournament. If we can do that, we can make some noise in the tournament and go into January ready for region play.”

The junior, Quiller, attests the improved play to better team defense and the offensive skills of the guards.

“We’re playing better help defense, man and zone,” Quiller said. “We (Marques and I) drive to the cup, score the ball – score at will, really.”

Fox Creek will take on Evans on Dec. 26 at 8:30 p.m. in the Monterrey’s Christmas Tournament at Evans High School.

T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.

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