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GHS basketball team has ‘high hopes’ heading into 2009-10 season

The Greenville boys’ basketball team has high hopes heading into the 2010 season, and the Tigers will be fielding a veteran crew.

The Tigers lost six seniors from a year ago, but only Jacquez Burnett was a starter, so many of Greenville’s players have game experience.

Coach Bryant Marlow said he doesn’t expect to have one primetime player, but instead have several players step up.

“We’re pretty even all the way across,” he said. “We’re confident with everyone. With our starting five and our bench, everyone knows what they’re doing.”

One veteran addition to the team comes from Jamie Williams, who transferred to Greenville from BCMS.

“Jamie’s going to have a pretty good impact,” Marlow said. “He gives us another experienced, good player. We just need a little more leadership.”

Williams joins six other seniors who will take the court for the Tigers: Mikwese Clayborne, Nick McHenry, Brentley Hill, DeAngelo Carter, Kenneth Carter and Josh Salter.

The Tigers will get the season underway this Saturday at home against Calhoun, which is traditionally a strong rivalry game.

Marlow said his team is in a tough region this year with Monroe County and Wilcox-Central, and he’s ready to get the ball rolling.

“We’re just ready to get started,” Marlow said. “Wilcox and Monroe have already played a few games, so we’re ready to get going too.”

“We expect a pretty good crowd against Calhoun,” he added.