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Athlete Spotlight for Wednesday, January 21.

Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:14am
Grovetown basketball stars Solomon Gause (from left), Logan Morris and Kenny Joseph. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown basketball stars Solomon Gause (from left), Logan Morris and Kenny Joseph. Photo by Jim Blaylock

Seniors Solomon Gause, Kenny Joseph and Logan Morris have the Grovetown boys basketball team on the brink of something they’ve never done before.

With Friday’s 63-59 come-from-behind win against Lakeside, the Warriors were 4-1 and in first place in Region 2-AAAAA. More importantly, with their 11-4 overall mark, the Warriors are close to clinching their first winning season.

The trio lead the team in scoring: Gause at 14.4 points-per-game, Joseph at 12.8 ppg and Morris at 11.7 ppg. This makes it hard on teams to focus their attention solely on one player.

“I definitely think they’re the nucleus the other guys rally behind,” said Warriors’ coach Daniel Jordan. “Of course we have four other seniors, too, and they’ve been working hard and I think everybody looks up to those guys. If they play good, we play good.”

Gause, the Warriors’ 6-foot-4 guard/forward said he thought they had the team to have a winning season and make noise in the region tournament a year ago and was disappointed when they didn’t.

“The biggest difference from last year to this year is I guess you could say a little senior desperation, but maybe even more so than that, I think the seniors as a whole were just buying in a little more,” said Gause, who can score from the outside or take it to the basket. “We realize we’re winning games at this point and that we have a chance to do something special and we’re just buying in to what coach is telling us to do.”

Talk to all three and the theme that surfaces is unselfishness. They don’t worry about how many shots a night they get, they want to get the ball to whoever’s hot at the time and go from there.

Morris, described as a pure shooter, said they are willing to do what it takes for the Warriors to come out on top.

“We’re very coherent with each other,” said Morris. “We want to see each other do well, so, we’re not afraid to be selfless. If coach needs me to shoot, then I’ll shoot. If he needs me to pass, I’ll pass. Whatever we’ve got to do to win.”

Joseph, labeled a slasher, thinks their success starts before game time.

“The way we practice, we have a competition at practice all the time,” said Joseph. “That makes us better, that’s really it.”

While much is focused on their offensive prowess,

Jordan likes the effort the trio gives on the defensive side of the ball. He called Gause the team’s best help defender.

Jordan is also impressed with the way that Morris always seems to be in the right position defensively and how Joseph is tenacious going after rebounds.

He credits a lot of their success to what they do off the court.

“Logan (Morris), Sol (Gause) and Kenny (Joseph) have worked hard in the weight room all year,” Jordan said. “It’s made a big difference in their game, they’re a lot more physical than they were last year.”

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