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Falcons tip off a new season at Marvin Ridge

Nation Ford’s Khydarius Smith goes in for a shot during practice. The Falcons varsity basketball team opens the season this week.
Nation Ford’s Khydarius Smith goes in for a shot during practice. The Falcons varsity basketball team opens the season this week.

The Nation Ford basketball program tips off the 2016-17 season this week with a preseason tournament at Marvin Ridge.

This year’s boys’ squad brings back several players from last year and is under new leadership in new head coach Jared Adamson.

“The guys are working hard,” Adamson said. “But we got a long way to go.”

Adamson said he still doesn’t have a full roster yet depending on who comes out after football season and for the meantime will have to see what is available for the team to take advantage of.

Nation Ford was picked to finish second in Region IV behind Clover. For those that are on the roster as of now, the Falcons have just two seniors in Andrew Barnes and Grayson Loftis of the 12 that are on the roster. The two seniors go along with five juniors and five sophomores.

“We have got good speed and a good mix of everything,” Adamson said. “We are pleased with where they are at.”

The Falcons will tip off this week against Cuthbertson at the Marvin Ridge tournament on Nov. 22 and then play tourney host Nov. 23. Nation Ford will have its first home game Nov. 29 against Lancaster and will head to the Berkeley Christmas tournament Dec. 27-29 during the holiday break.

Nation Ford will open the region schedule at Rock Hill Jan. 10 in starting their push to make the playoffs.

Girls rely on seniors

Nation Ford’s girls’ squad is senior-laden with five of them to go with two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. Nation Ford is being led this year by head coach Kate Edwards, who is also in her first season with the Falcons.

So far, Edwards said she is happy with what she is seeing from her team.

“I am pleased with the effort that everyone is putting out,” she said.

Nation Ford has several seniors that saw substantial amount of playing time, including Courtney Wells, Sydney Adams and junior Sami Tuipulotu who all bring a lot of experience and height for the team.

“We want to get the ball inside,” Edwards said. “We feel like we got a post that is going to challenge anybody.”

Edwards said the biggest challenge for her team this year is learning on the go, but feels like it is something they can accomplish.

Like the boys, the Falcons girls will open against Cuthbertson Nov. 22 and then play Marvin Ridge Nov. 23. They too are going to Berkeley Christmas tournament Dec. 27-29.

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM

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