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The Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Boys Basketball Team Is Making Serious Strides!

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The Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy boys basketball team has continued to make strides this summer entering Derrick Mason’s second season as head coach.

During Mason’s first season with the Chargers, the team achieved its first 20-win season since 2011. The Chargers also earned a bid to the Class A-Private Sweet 16. Despite that success, Mason said he’s using the summer to focus on the fundamentals, intangibles and team chemistry.

“Our motivation does not come with wins or losses or a title run, but in how we play the game,” Mason said. “We believe that the wins and losses will take care of themselves. Our focus and motivation will be as it has always been — to get 1 percent better every day.”

Mason will have several positions to fill in the upcoming season. Five players will have to be replaced, including Kenny McCollough-Lomax, Mason Green and Tahj Roberts, while Jekobe Coleman and Malachi Rhodes have transferred.

“We will never be able to replace a player, being that each athlete is unique. However, we do have a few new Chargers that are impressive athletes and have quickly committed to our process,” Mason said. “I have never seen a team come together this quickly but it is a welcomed sight to see.”

With playing time up for grabs, Mason said he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Mekhi Cameron, Kamari Smith and Jared Denk this summer.

“We will never be able to replace a player, being that each athlete is unique. However, we do have a few new Chargers that are impressive athletes and have quickly committed to our process,” Mason said. “I have never seen a team come together this quickly but it is a welcomed sight to see.”

With playing time up for grabs, Mason said he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Mekhi Cameron, Kamari Smith and Jared Denk this summer.

“Cameron has grown three inches and has become a complete player. He can knock down the three-ball at an impressive rate and is working towards becoming an elite defender,” Green said. “Smith has become a much more efficient player and has learned to compete with every possession. His ability to knock down the deep ball and finish well around the basket will be invaluable.

“Jared was a dual-sport athlete who has decided to focus on basketball his senior year,” he continued. “His skills have improved tremendously and he is a very physical presence in the middle.”

Mason has redefined the basketball culture at ELCA in just one season. The Chargers have been successful this summer at various camps and tournaments, and will be looking to carry that good play into the 2017-18 season.

“We’re emphasizing competition, communication, approach, character and being the best teammate possible,” Green said. “Our returners have stepped up big time in regards to their skill set and being verbal and nonverbal leaders. Everyone has returned better and we are excited about all that God has in store for our program. I am blessed to be able to coach a wonderful group of young men.”

Source: henryherald

 

The Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Boys Basketball Team Is Making Serious Strides!

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