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Wolfpack down but still fighting
by Ericka Birdsong
December 13, 2012 09:22 AM | 2382 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Paulding High varsity basketball players, from left, Quincy Jackson and Solomon Obure.
North Paulding High varsity basketball players, from left, Quincy Jackson and Solomon Obure.
After five games last week the North Paulding boys’ basketball team was 1-4, as their only win thus far came on Dec. 1 against Southeast Whitfield, 63-49.

With only three seniors on the roster, head coach Ryan Dyer said his team lacks experience and some of his players are trying to recover from their other sport activities.

“We’re very young. Plus we just got our football players back. They’re pretty banged up. We’re outmatched in most of our games,” Dyer said.

Even with those issues, Dyer said the season is still going well in terms of his players’ effort and their commitment to the team and getting better.

“After we lost to Hiram, at 6:45 the next morning we had 12 kids shooting in the gym. We have to kick kids out of the gym,” Dyer said.

This season’s starters are 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard Devin Harris, 6-foot-2 sophomore wing Quincy Jackson, 5-foot-10 junior guard Chase Noonan, 6-foot senior wing Solomon Obure, and 6-foot-2 junior post player Jace White.

Jackson is currently the Wolfpack’s leading scorer as he averages 11.2 points per game.

Dyer admits that his team is short compared to those they will compete against this year, but he also said his boys are “quick and feisty” as they scrap for the ball on defense.

“Our strength is our defensive mentality. We play really hard on defense. We’re second in the region in points given up. It’s just our aggressiveness and commitment to getting stops,” Dyer said.

Dyer describes the Wolfpack method of play as “blue collar basketball” as he said his team probably outworks other teams.

Their goals for this season, according to Dyer, are to value every possession, do not take anything for granted and to have no regrets when they leave the court.

Currently in his second season with North Paulding, Dyer said a lot of people do not believe they can win, but he knows they will get wins.

“We have a special thing going here. It’s like a big family, we go to each other’s houses, we have dinner together and go to church together. We believe in the process and doing right on and off the court,” Dyer said.

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