Led by Herald Super 6er Ramello Carter, the Deerfield boys basketball team has won 11 straight.
ALBANY — When readers open Tuesday’s sports section of The Albany Herald, they might just find something they haven’t seen for years.
A GISA team in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll.
Deerfield’s boys, who are the only GISA team to ever crack the Fab 5 since the inception of the poll five years ago, likely locked up its spot back among Southwest Georgia’s elite following Tuesday’s 107-40 rout of Terrell Academy — a fellow GISA program that had been playing well as of late.
That is, until the Eagles ran into the fast-paced, run-and-gun Knights, who have won 11 straight and are averaging 81.4 points a game during that stretch.
“We’re just shooting the ball better, playing good pressure defense and I finally figured out that I’d be foolish not to take advantage of the number of athletes we have on this team. So we’re running, running, running,” DWS longtime boys coach Gordy Gruhl said. “Some teams can stay with us for awhile, but eventually they can’t keep up with that pace. I think the game against Terrell (was indicative) of that. Terrell had been playing well, but they’re just not used to that style of play.”
Tuesday’s game was 57-24 at the half, and Deerfield had 89 points by the end of the third quarter before calling off the dogs — a trait that seems to be happening a lot lately. In reality, DWS’s 81-point average during its last 11 games could be more like 101.
“We’ve got eight or nine guys who could start on this team” Gruhl said. “It’s not a bad problem to have at all.”
It also doesn’t hurt that Gruhl has Ramello Carter on his team, a Herald Super 6er who is averaging 18.5 points a game and tied a school record with 41 against Calvary Christian two weeks ago. Again, if Carter — or any of the usual suspects who got into double figures Tuesday, like Jason Battle (16 points), Christian Wallace (15), Pete Langstaff (10) or Weston King (10) — was still playing in the fourth, those averages could be a lot higher.
“We’re rolling pretty good right now,” Gruhl said.
The Knights nailed eight 3s in Tuesday’s win and broke the school record earlier this year with 13 in a game. They’re 16-3 overall and 5-0 in region, and if the Knights beat Calvary on Friday in Macon, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming region tournament is all theirs.
The next Herald Fab 5 Poll comes out Tuesday.
Stay tuned ...