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BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEPAD: Depleted Foxes showing toughness

The King George boys basketball team hasn’t folded after two potentially devastating personnel losses.

Junior point guard Dequan Whiting hasn’t played a game this season because of a medical issue. Berkley said Whiting is seeking a second opinion but may not be able to return. King George also lost junior power forward Nana Djan, who suffered a broken ankle early in the season. Djan underwent surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Still, King George (5–3) was on a four-game winning streak before it lost to Nanse-mond River, 63–45, in the championship game of the Foxes’ holiday tournament on Dec. 28.

“It’s the power of playing together,” Foxes first-year head coach Darren Berkley said of what has allowed his team to overcome adversity. “The kids are buying in. We have a simple formula: Play defense, rebound, take great shots and don’t turn the ball over.”

It helps to have a versatile player like Anthony Howard on the roster. Howard is averaging 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Berkley said the senior forward can defend all five positions in addition to his offensive capabilities.

Freshman Eian Chase has replaced Whiting, who was a second-team all-Battlefield District selection last season.

Chase is averaging 8.6 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game.

“Eian is an athlete,” Berkley said. “He’s 5–6 but he’s kind of quick. He’s a water bug, and he can jump. People underestimate him because he’s small, but he’s done a good job for us.”

The Foxes will see if they can remain afloat during a tough three-game stretch that begins tonight with a visit from Chancellor (6–1). They host Massaponax (5–3) on Monday before visiting Spotsylvania (3–3) Tuesday.

 

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