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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • KIPP in good mid-season form

  • Having reached just about the midway point of the 2012-2013 basketball campaign, KIPP head coach Luke Hammond has turned in his mid-term report card and for the most part the grades are good, particularly those of the senior boys.
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  • Having reached just about the midway point of the 2012-2013 basketball campaign, KIPP head coach Luke Hammond has turned in his mid-term report card and for the most part the grades are good, particularly those of the senior boys. The senior boys are on a 5-game winning streak since the Thanksgiving break. Hammond attributes much of the team's success to its balanced scoring attack. To date the KIPPsters are 12-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play in the 1A 5 North where they are currently in second place in the standings. The senior boys are 6-0 at home and 5-0 against 2A opponents. Four players are averaging in double figures so far this season. Jaterius Montague tops the team with a 14.8 points per game average. Bennie Rodgers scores at a 13.0 points per game clip. Quentin Murry nets 12 per outing. Keairion Jones has averaged 10.1 points in seven games and Rashad Martin has hovered around double digits scoring 9.0 per game in 10 contests. According to Hammond, Tyler Williams, Terry Foster and Patrick Banks have all played pivotal roles at one time or another and have all contributed double figure games whether starting or coming off the bench. “These three players would be stars on most teams,” said Hammond, “but sacrifice for the betterment of our team. These guys are the glue that holds us together and we wouldn't be where we are without them.” Hammond also sang the praises of Jarrod Davis, David Abrams and Ashton Winfrey, who he calls KIPP's “blue collar workers.” “They too would be stars on most teams,” said Hammond, “but have played whatever role is needed in the best interest of the team.” According to Hammond the trio does a whole lot of things that do not show up in the stat books but have been a key part of KIPP's success so far. Hammond refers to Le'Quan Clayton, De'Quan Clayton and Raheem Morris as the squad's senior leaders. “They give us energy and leadership that cannot be measured,” said Hammond. “They have given us valuable minutes this season and have scored, defended and done everything that has been asked of them.” Meanwhile, the junior boys currently boast an 8-1 overall record and 4-0 mark in 1A 5 North Conference competition. Currently, they are tied for first place in the conference.

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