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Boys varsity basketball going for Three-peat

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Senior guard, Cashemin Williams driving in for a layup at Central East.

Senior guard, Cashemin Williams driving in for a layup at Central East.

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Photo By Sabreen Atwal

Senior guard, Cashemin Williams driving in for a layup at Central East.

Tajinder Nijhar, Staff Writer

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The Grizzlies are coming off a great season, after winning the Valleys.  They will now be going for a Three-peat this year. Central is 13-3 in non-conference play and started league-play against Clovis West. Central is led by 6’3 senior guard Cashemin Williams and 6‘6 senior forward Cam’Ron Wilson. Williams is second in team scoring with nearly 18 points per game and Wilson leads with 25 points per game which places him within the top 20 scorers in the state. The depth of Central is something to watch with senior players like Uriah Carter, Jahmai Bartley, Devin Ghelardi and Avery Boyd who are impact players this season.

Even after earning a lot of big wins, there’s still room to improve. According to Head Coach Gregory Streets the take away from non conference play is vital to the team. He states,  “The non conference games measure where we are as a team and helps the team understand our areas of deficiency. They also help prepare us for league play.” Junior forward Jahmai Bartley said, “ My thoughts on the season so far? It’s okay, but we can improve on playing more defense, sharing the ball, talking to one another and making sure everyone is involved.”

In terms of his expectation on league play, Coach Streets said “We expect to win TRAC. The Grizzlies have started league play very strong winning 3 out of their first 4 games of league. Their biggest victory in league was against Clovis West winning 73-67, but the Grizzlies also took a big blow during that game by losing Cam’Ron Wilson for at least a couple of weeks due to a ankle injury. Coach Streets said, “We have far too many losses at this time of the year. We have lost to teams we should not lose to. I am never satisfied. We can always play harder. We can always play smarter. We can always make better decisions on the court and play together as a team.”

They entered into the game against Buchanan without Wilson, and were defeated 65-72 after losing Williams in the second half. This placed Central in a 3-way tie with Buchanan and Clovis West for first place. Central found a way to bounce back in the next game, with big-time production from Carter, a senior guard and Bartley, a junior forward, they were able to take down Clovis High 92-75.

The Grizzlies will look to keep on rolling against Clovis East Friday Night. With Williams coming back, the Timberwolves of Clovis East will now have to worry about another big time player from the Grizzlies. As their second highest scorer, Williams will be a major boost to this team.

 

 

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