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Henry boys' basketball heating up
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
December 31, 2012 10:15 AM | 1329 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Ola Mustangs will look to rebound from a rough start coming out of the holidays.
The Ola Mustangs will look to rebound from a rough start coming out of the holidays.
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As the holidays wind down, things are bound to get interesting in Henry boys’ prep basketball.

In all likelihood, the hoops hierarchy probably won’t change — the lineup of contending teams feature the same usual suspects — but a couple dark horses could emerge as the season progresses.

Here’s a glimpse at a few of the Henry squads’ season to date and a projection of where they will finish when all is said and done.

 Ola

It’s largely been tough sledding for the Mustangs (1-7).

Ola’s 2012-13 campaign thus far has been littered with several decisive losses, including setbacks against Henry County, Union Grove, Opelika and Starr’s Mill.

The Mustangs did manage to pull out a 61-55 win over Creekside back on Dec. 11. Coleman Seabolt, who scored a game-high 21 points in that contest, has been a bright spot as have Justin Wimberly and Malik Smith.

Projection: Look for Ola to try to go on a run toward respectability in terms of wins and losses. Making the Class 5-A postseason is far beyond a longshot, but stranger things have happened.

 Eagle’s Landing

The Golden Eagles’ seesaw season looks like it’s back on track. The team got off to a roaring start, beginning with a nearly 60-point win at overmatched Riverdale in the opener.

Consecutive victories over North Clayton and Buford were tempered by a pair of recent losses in the premier City of Palms tournament to Omaha Central (Neb.) and Tift County. The Golden Eagles have since responded to the setbacks, posting a gut-check 59-49 win at Bishop Verot.

Point guard Isaiah Dennis is still electric, power forward Desmond Ringer is still big (6 foot 10, 240 pounds) and head coach Clay Crump still knows how to get the best out of his rotation … so, Eagle’s Landing should be fine.

Projection: A deep playoff run — provided the team work out the kinks that have prevented it from consistently challenging elite teams this season.

 Luella

The Lions (8-2) look like they’re about to go on quite a roll after being down for a brief period.

Luella notched impressive, tight wins on the road against the likes of Druid Hills and Rockdale County before falling in the same fashion to Rickards and Rutherford. Six foot eleven sophomore center Doral Moore is a diamond in the rough and 6 foot 5 wing TeMarcus Blanton is another one to watch.

Projection: The Lions will finish at or near the top of the Region 2-AAAAAA standings if they stay healthy. From there, a GHSA Sweet 16 berth could be their floor and not their ceiling.

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