A Year After Advancing to Elite 8, Rutland's 7 Seniors Want More

A Year After Advancing to Elite 8, Rutland's 7 Seniors Want More

rutlandlogoMACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -   It's the end of a basketball practice at Rutland High School.

The Hurricanes are fresh off a 69-59 region win over Baldwin that moved their record to an impressive 13-2, but they're wrapping up a two hour practice just like they do every night: running the fast break offense.

You have to be in shape to play in coach Ron Christian's offense, where getting points off the fast break is the name of the game.

"We want to get the ball out," Christian, who's in his 10th season, says.  "We want to push the ball.   We're going to push the ball."

It helps Christian that seven of his 13 players are seniors.  With so much experience on the team, there's no need for him to name a starting five.  All his players play.

"There's a lot of senior leadership," Trey Frazier, a senior guard, says. "And we're not scared to speak up and tell our young guys when they're wrong or when they're right, and just pick everybody up."

Not only are seven of Rutland's key contributors seniors, but they've all been playing together since the 6th grade.

"As a matter of fact, our middle school coach came over with them," Christian says.  "He's now one of our assistant coaches also, so they've known pretty much the same system ever since they were in middle school."

Seniors like Trey Frazier, a shooting guard. Coach says he won't light up the stat sheets, but you can bet he gets a lot of playing time because he fits his role.

The same goes for senior Quinton Jones, who has more of a football body than one fit for basketball.

"But he'll come out here and he'll bang with the best of them," Christian says.  "He's only 6'1 or 6'2" at the most, and he plays against guys that are 6'7", 6'8" every night he comes out."

"When we were in the 6th grade, we wanted to come to the high school and continue our winning tradition," Jones says.  "And that's what we've been doing lately."

The Hurricanes' only two losses so far this year were to Veterans and Central.  This weekend, they'll visit Veterans Friday night before hosting Central on Saturday.


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