Playing a “havoc” style of basketball that is the signature of first year head coach JD Johnson the Statesville Christian Lions have cruised to a 7-0 record as they get ready to face top state ranked United Faith on Tuesday of this week.
Coach Johnson defines “havoc” as intense pressure defense in the half court or full court, constantly pushing the basketball with ball ahead movement, unselfish passing and sharing of the basketball and crashing the offensive boards. The results have been overwhelming.
Freshman Phenom Christian Bailey and Junior guard Jordan McCray held down the fort while the team awaited the arrival of key starters from the state championship football team.
The leadership and quality support from the entire team especially seniors Ben Oliver and Anthony Ferguson was instrumental in the team’s early success while missing several key contributors that were a part of the school’s state championship football team. Head Coach JD Johnson
The team has now been together a week and the results are already an exciting style of play sure to draw the attention of the entire state.
Coach Johnson has built in destinations for his team but more importantly he has challenged them to a new way of thinking about success in athletics.
The culture has told these guys what they are supposed to value. We try to challenge them to think a little bit differently. We want to not focus on outside factors or expectations. The challenge is to understand the difference between goals and destinations. Sure, there are a lot of destinations we want to hit, as a team and individuals, but your goals have to be a little bit different. I want these guys to place a value on every rep because everything we do is on purpose. It is preparing us to win. Destinations are great. Winning state, making all conference, scoring 1,000 points, getting a full ride scholarship. But if you set your goal every day to be the best version of yourself, to be the most accountable, toughest, hardest working young man you can be on every rep, then all of that good stuff is a by-product of that focus. You’ll get the most out of what God has given you if you’re willing to think counter to what the culture tells you to think. Head Coach JD Johnson
Here is an overview of the top performers to this point in the season.
Leads team in ppg 19.4
Leads team in rpg 8.4
Leads team in bpg 1.4
Shooting 85% from the field (62/73)
Career High 27 points on 11/17 at Tri City
Career High 14 rebounds on 11/17 at Tri City
“leads like a senior and he is only in the ninth grade.”
“when your best player is your hardest worker, special things can happen.”
Leads team in apg 5.4
leads team in spg 3.3
Career high 20 points on 11/14 at Millers Creek
Career high 10 rebounds on 11/14 at Millers Creek
Career high 9 assists on 11/10 at Liberty Prep
“Cant’ say enough about him. Embodies everything we are about- tough, passionate, accountable, relentless, focused, disciplined.”
Has led team in scoring each of last two games averaging 16.5 ppg
led team with 6 steals in win over Millers Creek on 12/2
“best player in North Carolina no one is talking about”
Had season high 16 points and 6 rebounds on 11/22 vs Grace Christian
leads team in 3FGM (10) and 3FG%- 53% (10/19)
“Without question one of the best shooters in North Carolina”
7.9 ppg 3.4 rpg
has scored in double figures 4 times
Career high 15 points on 11/28 against Christian Family
“We are very proud of Luke. We love the way he represents our program as a leader and a high character young man. He has made more improvement in a six month time span than any player I can remember.”
Started all three games since returning from football state championship
Season high 13 points on 11/28 against Christian Family
“Our team’s unselfishness is what gives us a chance to be pretty good. Hazien in particular. It is what impresses me most about him. We feel like we have a lot of defensive ‘stoppers’ but his name is certainly right at the top of the list.”
6.4 ppg 3.3 rpg 2.1 spg
Career high 16 points on 11/10 at LIberty Prep
“Josh has been such a welcome addition to our SCS family and our basketball program. We love the way he represents us with his toughness and willingness to compete and respond to adversity.”
The SCS basketball schedule in December and January is designed to prepare the team to reach its’ destinations. After United Faith the team is headed to the Carolina Forest Panther Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC to take on some of the best teams and players in the southeast. The team comes home to the Pinelake Prep Holiday Tournament after Christmas before January and the meat of the SPAA schedule that will include, along with United Faith, state basketball powers Victory Christian and Carmel Christian with arch rival Hickory Christian and Christ the King. The Lions will also take on Southlake Christian, Davidson Day and 2015 2A State Runner Up Northside Christian in January before lining up against 1A state power Burlington Christian in February.