However, with the hiring of new head coach Jermal McCoy, the Hawks have increased the team’s roster size and produced better results. After losing its first eight games this season, Harvester has won five consecutive games through Jan. 26 and is in contention for a region championship within the Georgia Independent Christian Athletics Association.
“This year has been a learning experience,” assistant coach Alex Vautin said. “We now have 16 high school players on our varsity roster that are motivated and improving every practice.”
The Hawks have been led on the court by junior captains, guard Colyan Miller and forward Brix Berry, along with sophomore point guard Tyler Howard.
“Colyan and Brix are excellent leaders and the coaches have inspired them to build a family,” Vautin said. “They’ve been able to encourage their teammates and work together.”
The players have credited the increase of interest about the team to the coaching staff and better performances on the court.
Miller said, “We’ve played good defense which is what our offense comes out of.”
Berry said the team’s defensive press “allows us to execute a good fast break which leads to easy baskets on layups.”.
Vautin said, “We don’t have one player that stands out statistically because we’ve learned to play as a team.
“We’ve started to understand that working together leads to winning games and that’s been fun to watch,” he said.
Harvester has two contests left before the region tournament starts on Feb. 7 and a potential berth in the state playoffs the following week. The Hawks have a winning record in region play.
“We want to go into the region tournament and play well enough to win,” Miller said.
The Hawks will return to action in a region home contest against The Campus school of Peachtree City Friday.