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Thursday, January 16, 2014
On Monday night the Fox Creek boys basketball team continued to assert its dominance over Region 4-A.
The Predators (11-4, 4-0) picked up wins over Ridge Spring-Monetta and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler over the past week. At RS-M, the team was led by Corrin Cannon, who had 18 points, in a 71-47 win. Marques Sumner was the other Predator in double-digits, with 12 points.
At home against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Sumner racked up 23 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 67-50 win. Ikel El had a double-double, with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandyn Quiller had 10 points as well.
“H-K-T really came at us with some high intensity,” Andrew Peckham, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “They made some runs in the second half, but I thought our guys did a good job of staying poised. They were never able to get within single-digits even on the runs they made. I was proud of my guys and how they kept composed. That H-K-T team never gave up that entire game, all the way until the very end. Big win, 4-0 in the region.”
Last week, Sumner fouled out against Silver Bluff in the third quarter, A big thing he worked on was keeping his composure and making sure he was available when his team needed him the most.
“I got three fouls this game and I told Coach to take me out,” Sumner said. “I knew it would have been a big thing if I fouled out again. In the Silver Bluff game I was kind of upset, but I’m past that now and looking forward to the next game.”
Managing emotions and keeping his players focused is just a part of the job according to Peckham.
“Marques, being one of our leaders and one of our captains, understands the importance of composure,” he said. “I thought he did a good job. At times he gets a little out of control, but he’s doing a lot better. He’s growing up, maturing and understanding that whole composure thing and the importance of that. Especially here in a big game against a good H-K-T team.”
As the team moves on to its next game, Friday night against Blackville-Hilda, the region crown is something that the team is working hard toward getting once again.
“It’s a big thing to win the region, we won it last year and we’re looking to get it again this year,” Sumner said. “It’s a big accomplishment for the team and we just work hard at practice and listen to coach.”
Peckham said the Hawks will also pose one of the toughest tests to date for the team.
“That’s going to be a tough game, they’re one of the toughest teams in our region,” he said. “Height-wise they have us beat big-time; they have some big kids. They’re very athletic and I believe they’re undefeated in the region, as well. Huge game and I told the guys that we have to have three hard, focused practices.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.