Although the team had some tough times, they managed to finish fourth in the region and earned a playoff berth. There, the Braves faced a talented Kingstree team and were knocked out of the playoffs with a 73-43 loss.
“They were extremely athletic and you could tell why they won a lot of games,” Boyer said. “We were just overmatched. Being as young as we were, I don’t think we were ready to be in that type of situation.”
Boyer hopes that his young group of returning players will be able to take something away from their loss. With each game that passed this season, Cheraw came off the court with a new lesson learned.
This is something that Boyer hopes will benefit his team in the future.
“I think next year and the year after that we will be in position to be with some of the best teams in the state,” Boyer said. “We went to the playoffs with nine sophomores and two freshmen. I think the experience we learned this season will help next season.”
Boyer says that the team will focus on getting stronger mentally and physically with their workout program. Getting stronger will help ease the pain of losing the three seniors from this year’s squad.
Mark Harris, Martel Harrington and Ridge O’Neil played their final games in a Braves’ uniform against Kingstree. Boyer said that each were leaders in their own way and all had the potential to lead the team when it mattered most.
“Martel had some extremely strong nights for us offensively and he was definitely one of the reasons we made it to the playoffs,” Boyer said. “Of our seniors, I think Mark was the most improved. He didn’t’ get a lot of playing time last year and this year he was a guy we could call on in tough situations and had some big games as well. I think the heart and soul of our team was Ridge O’Neil. He’s the type of player that will do anything you ask and give it all that he has out there.”