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Basketball preview: Berkmar Patriots

Berkmar's Tim Rowe

Berkmar's Tim Rowe

BERKMAR PATRIOTS

BOYS

Region: 8-AAAAA

Coach: Greg Phillips

2010-11 record: 20-8

Returning regulars:

Yonel Brown, Sr., 5-9

Brandon Thompson, Sr., 6-0

Tim Rowe, Soph., 6-9

Others to watch:

Adonai Rogers, Sr., 6-2

Tyler Rogers, Sr., 6-5

C.J. Foster, Jr., 6-2

Joseph Gordon, Fr., 5-9

Outlook: The dynamic duo of Yonel Brown and Brandon Thompson returns as Berkmar shoots for a third straight trip to the state tournament. Brown, named region player of the year, averaged a team-best 16.4 points and 3.1 assists last season. Thompson averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. The other returning starter is 6-foot-9 Tim Rowe, who led with team with 7.2 rebounds per game as a freshman a year ago. Adonai Rogers, an honorable mention all-region pick, transferred from Shiloh and freshman Joseph Gordon led Sweetwater Middle School to the county title last season.

Worth noting: Greg Phillips, a former assistant at Norcross, was named 8-AAAAA coach of the year after leading the Patriots to the region title in his second year. But Berkmar's season came to an end in the first round of the state tournament with a 57-56 upset loss to Roswell, coached by Phillips' older brother Ty.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

1 Joseph Gordon 5-9 Fr.

3 Adonai Rogers 6-2 Sr.

4 Yonel Brown 5-9 Sr.

5 C.J. Foster 6-2 Jr.

10 Bradley Holmes 5-10 Soph.

11 Zach Weiner 6-1 Sr.

15 Brandon Thompson 6-0 Sr.

21 Cam Terry 5-11 Soph.

23 Jonathan Sanks 6-2 Soph.

24 Trey Moore 6-2 Soph.

40 Tyler Rogers 6-5 Sr.

42 Tim Rowe 6-9 Soph.

GIRLS

Region: 8-AAAAA

Coach: Todd McCutcheon

2010-11 record: 18-11

Returning regular:

Jazmine Green, Sr., 5-9

Others to watch:

Deijah Cooke, Jr., 5-7

Nina Williams, Jr., 5-7

Guisela Padilla, Jr., 5-6

JaTaja Washington, Jr., 5-8

Outlook: The Patriots must rebuild around three-year starter Jazmine Green after losing six seniors from last season's state tournament team. Green was second on the team in rebounding a year ago with 6.6 per game and will have to carry more of a scoring load this season after the graduation of standouts Ka'Vonne Towns, 6-foot-4 Teanna Robinson, Shamicka Martin and Kenisha Watkins. Green is the team's lone senior this season.

Worth noting: Berkmar made it to the state tournament last season despite losing Towns at midseason to a knee injury. The four-year starter was averaging 17.1 points and 3.6 assists through 11 games when her high school career came to an end.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

2 Simone' Gordon 5-4 Fr.

3 Daijah Cooke 5-7 Jr.

4 Abriel Brown 5-5 Jr.

5 Nina Williams 5-7 Jr.

10 Chardinae Fluker 5-3 Jr.

13 JaTaja Washington 5-8 Jr.

14 DeOndra Fletcher 5-5 Jr.

15 Teryne Jenkns 5-6 Soph.

20 Guisela Padilla 5-6 Jr.

21 Jazmine Green 5-9 Sr.

23 Tonee Ashaye 5-10 Jr.

24 Destiny Davis 5-8 Jr.

25 Leajeanin Petit 5-10 Fr.

32 Cabrina Clay 5-9 Jr.

24 Kaitlin Stinson 5-5 Jr.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 19 Centennial at River Ridge (boys); Sprayberry (girls)

Nov. 22-24 at Lowndes tourney (girls)

Dec. 2 Shiloh

Dec. 3 Brookwood

Dec. 6 S. Gwinnett

Dec. 9 at C. Gwinnett

Dec. 10 Chattahoochee at GAC (boys)

Dec. 12 at Parkview

Dec. 16 at Meadowcreek

Dec. 17 at Sprayberry (girls)

Dec. 18, 20-21 at Houston County tourney (girls)

Dec. 28-30 Roundball Classic at Charleston, S.C. (boys)

Jan. 6 at Archer

Jan. 7 Grayson

Jan. 10 at Dacula

Jan. 13 at Shiloh

Jan. 17 at Brookwood

Jan. 20 Dr. Phillips at Norcross (boys)

Jan. 24 C. Gwinnett

Jan. 27 Parkview

Jan. 28 at Alpharetta (boys)

Feb. 3 Archer

Feb. 7 at Grayson

Feb. 11 Dacula