At A Glance
Marvin Ridge Boys Basketball
Coach: Adam Haines
2016-2017 Record: 17-12 overall, 5-5 Southern Carolina Conference
Notable: Marvin Ridge returns four starters and the Mavericks have nine players with varsity experience. … Lost in the second round of the Class 3A State Basketball Tournament a year ago.
Marvin Ridge head basketball coach Adam Haines is optimistic that the Mavericks can extend their season even farther this season.
Marvin Ridge finished last season at 17-12 overall and 5-5 in the Southern Carolina Conference after losing to conference rival Weddington High in the second rounds of the Class 3A State Basketball Tournament. Marvin Ridge defeated Lenoir Hibriten 55-52 in the first round a year ago.
Marvin Ridge returns four senior starters in David Vogt, Bryce Carnohan, Connor Ryan and Riley Berrey and Mavericks roster has nine players with varsity experience.
“I’m pretty excited about our outlook,” said Mavericks head coach Adam Haines. “We have a lot of returners this year. We lost our leading scorer and rebounder, but when kids get the opportunity to step up it is always exciting to see how kids respond to those challenges. I think we should be pretty good. We have some high goals that we have set and I think they are in reach if we play the way we know we can play.”
Haines said winning a first-round playoff was a good experience for this year’s players.
“it goes a long way,” Haines said. “We have got a little better each of my first three years here and we are hoping that trend continues. One of our goals is to win two playoff games this year. The margin of error is so small in the playoffs and that means you have to pay attention to the details all through the season.”
Carnohan (6-0) is the top returning scorer as the guard averaged eight points and four assists a year ago. Berrey (6-6) averaged five points a game a year ago from his forward position while fellow forward Ryan (6-5) also averaged five points a game. Vogt averaged 4.5 assists last season from his guard spot.
“Our backcourt is back,” Haines said. “We have a lot of experience we can lean on. The strength of our team is going to be guard play. We are a few more perimeter players and we are looking to play a little bit faster this year. But we have a couple of kids that can score inside.”
Harrison Brown (6-2), Garret Bohannon (6-0), Sam Cardwell (6-0) are also expected to contribute this season.
With Charlotte Catholic, Monroe and Parkwood coming into the conference, Haines said conference play will be a battle every night.
“If you make it through conference, you know that you will be tested,” Haines said. “It is going to force you to play your best and prepare for every game. Every game is going to be a challenge.”
Marvin Ridge was 1-3 before a game Nov. 28 and the win was a 63-54 decision over Fort Mill (S.C.) that saw the Mavericks outscore Fort Mill 11-2 in overtime.