Augusta Christian basketball players Jordan Belcher (from left) Scott Bodden and Brandon Kimm
Photo by Jim Blaylock
When they are in action for the Augusta Christian School basketball team, Jordan Belcher, Scott Bodden and Brandon Kimm each exhibit a style of play that is as different as night and day.
But when the three team co-captains speak, their words mesh together like pieces of a puzzle.
That's because they share a common goal: to lift the Lions to a state championship this season.
"We hope we can make it to the big game this year," Bodden said. "Winning region would be nice, but we want to get where we want to be, where we need to be. We just have to come together and keep playing as a team."
At center, Bodden is AC's enforcer. The all-region performer paces the team in rebounding this season, and is second in scoring.
Belcher, a four-year starter at AC and an all-state selection last season, does it all at shooting guard. He leads the Lions in scoring, steals and assists this year, and is poised to become the school's all-time leading scorer.
"I just try to be the best all-around player I can be," he said. "I don't want to be the player that scores the most points. I want to go out there and be the player that does what has to be done at a specific moment."
While Bodden bashes his way to the basket, and Belcher dazzles observers with athletic ability, Kimm adds an essential element to the mix.
"Brandon is a good team leader. That's his best quality," AC coach Andrew Bryan said. "He adds leadership on the court and provides that positive attitude."
For Kimm, dishing out assists at point guard is crucial, but desire is the ultimate weapon in a winner's arsenal.
"Scott, Jordan and I are real competitive," Kimm says. "None of us likes to lose, and we try to make sure the whole team has that type of attitude."
Augusta Christian has captured six straight region crowns, but the team's last state title came the season before Belcher, Bodden and Kimm arrived; so despite their success, there's still work to be done.
"We're seniors, so this is our last chance," Belcher said. "We have to go all-out because we're trying to keep the tradition going."
Time is ticking away, but with the summit in sight, Kimm can picture a perfect ending to his career with the Lions.
"There's no better way to go out than winning a state championship, putting up a banner and getting a ring - Just knowing you've accomplished your goals."
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