Predators run region streak to 19

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014

photo by bill Bengtson A Williston-Elko High School player goes for a rebound Tuesday evening against Fox Creek’s Kyle Rouse, center, and Ikel El.


The past week for the Fox Creek boys basketball team has been nothing short of explosive.

The Predators (14-4, 7-0 Region 4-A) picked up another two region wins, extending the team’s streak to 19 straight region victories. The streak dates back through last year’s undefeated, 12-win run. The team’s last region loss came against Ridge Spring-Monetta on Feb. 9, 2012, which was the Predators’ last game of that season.

Needless to say, head coach Andrew Peckham has picked up right where former head coach Andre Baskett left off.

Against Williston-Elko, the Predators drummed the Blue Devils 92-41. Marques Sumner led the way with 34 points in the win on his 17th birthday. Corrin Cannon also had 16 points. Perhaps most impressive in the win was Brandyn Quiller, who finished just short of a triple double with 10 points, 11 assists and nine assists.

The Predators followed up that win with a rout of Wagener-Salley, 70-45. Once again Cannon and Sumner led the way on the scoring end, with the former having 21 points and the latter having 20. Quiller continued his all-around play, with 15 points, five assists and five rebounds.

“It was a good team win, we got another good start,” Peckham said following the game. “I talked to the kids before the game. We had been starting ball games really well, and we did that again with a 22-7 lead after the first quarter. That’s what I wanted to see and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the game. I thought we had good production across the board, the unselfish play is starting to get a lot better, and it’s another good region win. It feels good to be 7-0 in the region.”

Cannon said he did not even realize that he led the team in scoring. The gym at Sweetwater Baptist Church got so packed that school officials had to find additional seating.

“Nah, I didn’t even know that,” Cannon said. “It’s nerve racking, but that’s the stuff you work for – just getting to the rack. I’m just out there to play the game and to have fun. ... I don’t really care about my stats, I just want to win.”

The student section in particular had a great showing for the key matchup with the War Eagles.

“It’s huge, this has been the best crowd we have had all year,” Peckham said. “For a team like Wagener coming in here, and to have this many people show up screaming and yelling; there’s no doubt it makes a difference. I’m really proud of our fans and our students for their support.”

Coming up the Predators will look to extend their region winning streak to 20, as North comes to Sweetwater Baptist Church in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday night. After that the team will hit the road on Friday to play at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.

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.

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