Chargers look for return to playoffs

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 7, 2007

ISLE OF WIGHT—With six seniors on this year’s squad, the Isle of Wight Academy boys basketball team could be poised for a quality season.

The Chargers, 14-13 last year with a final ranking of sixth in the state and a playoff appearance, opened this season at 1-1.

Head coach Benjamin Vaughan has started six different seniors in the first two contests, looking for his best chemistry.

These seniors have included point guard Kevin King, second guard Lance Moore, forward Andy Webb, guard Justin Bpwden, forward/guard Josh Curry, and center Donnie Sightler.

Vaughan said that two sophomores — Daniel Brown, last year’s JV MVP, and Justin Vick — will also see significant playing time.

Four juniors who all played JV last year, will see playing time, including Zack Lamb, Jordan Epps, Brandon Darden, and Donald Williams.

The Chargers will run their offense depending on the defense they are facing.

“Most of the time we would like to play an uptempo game and look for the fast break,” Vaughan said. “Against the better teams in the Metro Conference, we’ll have to play more of a ball control game. We have experienced ball handlers that will be able to do that.”

On defense, IWA will play man-to-man with a zone press.

IWA finished fourth in the tough Metro Conference last season with a 7-7 conference record. Vaughan said the Chargers have not set any goals for the season.

“We want to be the best team for us to be,” Vaughan said. “Last year we ended up ranked sixth in the state, made the state playoffs, and won our first round game in the tournament. So, I think we can compete again for a playoff berth.”