The Evans High School basketball team started the season 2-0 before dropping three of its next six games. Since then, coach Kevin Kenny has the Knights back on track and riding a six-game winning streak heading into region play.
The final victory in that run was a very convincing 62-44 win over a pesky bunch from Grovetown High School in the championship game of the Monterrey Christmas Tournament. Damian Foreman paced the Knights with 23 points. With the victory, Evans improves to 11-3 on the season.
During its recent winning streak, Evans has been dominant, winning by an average of 18.3 points per game. The Knights won five of the six games by 13 points or more. The only close game was a 72-66 win over North Augusta. The Yellow Jackets had beaten the Knights by 29 points just seven days earlier.
As always, Evans protects its home floor, sporting a perfect 4-0 mark in games played on Cox Road. If Evans can continue its success versus Columbia County foes, another 20-win season is on the horizon for Kenny’s squad. Other than a couple of holiday tournaments later this month, the Knights’ remaining games will be against Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside in region play.
Foreman at Augusta State
Trevor Foreman was a solid basketball player during his prep career at Evans. Always a defensive standout, his hard work on all areas of his game was illustrated by his 17.6 points per game average during his senior year in 2010-11. He also shot 76 percent from the free-throw line, grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game, and led the Augusta area in steals with 4.5 per contest.
The 5-foot-11 guard was an easy choice for the All-County basketball team. As a matter of fact, Foreman was the only player in 2010-11 to earn First Team All-County honors in football and basketball. He hauled in 36 passes and five touchdowns as a wide receiver for the Knights.
With Foreman getting few looks from college coaches despite a strong desire to play hoops at the next level, Evans head coach Kevin Kenny placed a call to Augusta State head coach Dip Metress. He said what every college coach likes to hear: He is a great kid, he works hard, and plays great defense. Foreman had a spot on the Jags roster.
Last season, Foreman redshirted and worked hard to get better. He was playing for a team that had won 140 games and lost just 27 with three trips to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 in the past five seasons. Also, during Dip Metress’s tenure, the Jags are an astonishing 108-11 on their home floor. In other words, playing time is going to be tough to come by.
Last season, Foreman was able to practice with the Jags as they went 17-11 in a rebuilding year. This year, Foreman has seen action in just two games, but he is still a valuable member of the team.
Every coach will tell you he needs kids with great attitudes who will work hard every day in practice. Foreman fits that bill perfectly. Who knows; he still has three seasons to go after this year. He might well become a Jags regular before his career is over.