Rock Lions enjoyed great season of basketball

Published 10:39 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Rock Church School JJV Basketball team finished its season 9 and 1. Rock Church is not only building a gym for the community, school and church, but is also re-building its basketball program. The former Rock Lion basketball player and former Franklin High School Head Coach Danny Dillon is invested in building the program back up. They started with a 5th and 6th grade team and have moved to JJV. Next year they plan to play at the JV level and then finally rebuild back to their varsity program.

They have played local schools like SA, IWA, Suffolk Christian and now they’ve reached out to schools in Virginia Beach such as Great Bridge Christian, Friends School and Chesapeake Bay Academy.

The great season for the Rock Lions was led by their point guard, D.J. Dillon, who averaged 17.3 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and four steals.

Ben Turner, Rock’s center, averaged a double double on the season with 10.8 points per game and 15.2 rebounds a game. The Rock Lions have only four losses in their last three seasons of basketball. Win or lose, they give God the glory.

“Basketball is a big part of people’s lives and it can can teach you so many wonderful facets of life,” said Danny Dillon. “Here at Rock, we are trying to build strong Godly character, good sportsmanship, class and, of course, basketball skills. I’m really excited about our basketball future, but even more about the way these young men are going to be used by God to change the world!”

When asked what do you like most about Rock Basketball, D.J. Dillon said, “The fact that I get to be with my teammates and show the love of God by loving on our opponents!”

When asked what do you like most about Rock basketball, Shooting guard Cole Butler said, “Going to different schools that I haven’t been to and playing my hardest!”

“We have so much fun playing the game of basketball and showing the love of Jesus,” said Danny Dillon. “In one of our games, Chesapeake Bay had a player with special needs. D.J. Dillon, our point guard, gave the ball three times to this young man and he finally scored on the last one. It was CBA’s homecoming, and the place went nuts! Their coach said it’s the first time he’d ever seen him score! Ever! That’s what the Rock Lion’s Basketball program is really about!!”