Friday, December 28, 2012
Grovetown Relies on Inside Play, Youth
Coach Bill Madigan's Grovetown Warriors are a resilient group of players. After a disappointing 2011-2012 season, the Warriors seem determined to develop into a winning program. And after an emotional season opening win against Cross Creek, the team has had its share of disappointments, including narrow losses to South Aiken, Harlem, and North Augusta. But one thing has never been in doubt, the willingness of Madigan's players to compete and persevere.
And the players seem to be reaping the rewards this week in the Monterrey Christmas Classic. Playing without point guard Khalid Wright and shooting guard Logan Morris, the Warriors have won two consecutive games to secure a spot in the tournament's championship game. The team has discovered a reliable source of points in the inside-outside duo of 6'4" junior post player Juwan Rouse and 6'4" sophomore wing Solomon Gause.
Rouse (featured here) led the team with 14 points in a come from behind victory over Cross Creek. The junior uses his body and footwork to get, and take advantage of, good position on the block. And his teammates routinely find him when he is open.
Gause, who scored 25 points in tonight's win over Fox Creek, is very talented. He can shoot from deep and attack the basket off the dribble. And his size and athleticism allow him to score in a number of ways.
Watch these two players in the video above. And stay tuned to @AugBball (Twitter) and this site (AugustaBasketball.com) for live highlights and updates from Saturday's championship game (8:30 P.M.)