2012-01-18 / Sports

Young Spartans dominate on the court

By Tres Bragg tresbragg@bellsouth.net

They’re 9-1 so far this season, and one of the favorites to win it all.

The Edmund Burke Academy middle school boy’s basketball team has been on a roll. They haven’t lost since Dec. 16, when they came up just 5 points shy to rival Bulloch Academy. During that game, the Spartans were down 20- 3 at halftime and nearly came back to win the game. They lost 29-34, recording their only loss of the season.

The team, made up of eight eighth graders and two seventh graders, has averaged almost 38 points per game while giving up an average of just 26 points per game. They have four more games on the schedule before the region tournament at David Emanuel Academy Feb. 1-4. The Spartans will enter the tournament as the no. 1 seed in the north region.

With only two weeks left before the big tournament, head coach Terence Hennessy is optimistic with his team’s chances. “Our team has done a great job so far this season,” Hennessy said. “I’ve been really happy with our last six games. They have all been very close going into the fourth quarter, and we’ve found ways to win. Our last few games should help us prepare even more for the tournament. I’m really looking forward to watching these kids finish the season strong.”

Leading the team offensively this season has been Bo Goodin, who had recorded 119 total points before their most recent game against Thomas Jefferson Academy on Monday. Hank Nunnally has also put up big numbers, closing in on 100 total points for the season. Michael Quick, Brandon Eubanks and Jay Mobley have all contributed in the scoring department.

EBA’s most recent win against the Jaguars secured them a no. 1 seed in the final tournament, which will allow them a bye on the first day of the tournament. Although a time has not yet been determined, they will play their first game on Feb. 2. If they advance to the championship match, it will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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