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Season concludes for young Central JV boys

A season of learning came to a close Monday night, Feb. 10, for Central High School’s junior varsity (JV) boys basketball team.

The Chargers fell 52- 32 to the visiting William Campbell High School Generals.

“We played them tight early, and then (in the) second half, they pulled away, and we didn’t have enough,” Central Head Coach Derek Burke said.

The Chargers’ first meeting with William Campbell, which came on the road Dec. 11, resulted in Central’s lone victory of the season, 41-38.

Central concludes the 2019-20 campaign with an overall record of 1-16.

Reflecting on the season as a whole, Burke said his players are young and working on getting better.

“It’s JV, so they need to learn some skills and work on moving up to the varsity level,” he said. “Our goal is to help the varsity team.”

And Central’s JV squad was successful in meeting that goal.

“We had one player that got moved up full time to varsity towards the end of the year and another player that played some varsity during the year, so that was definitely a plus,” Burke said.

He was referring to freshman guard Dasjohn Hurt, who has largely dressed and stayed with the varsity team in the latter part of the season, and freshman forward Aamari Bruce, who played part time on varsity early on this season.

The coach also praised the play of sophomore guard Sterling Currin.

“He played JV last year,” Burke said. “He did a good job. He works hard.”

Burke also highlighted freshman guard Antwaun Jones, a veteran of the Lunenburg Middle School program.

“Those are our two captains,” the coach said of Currin and Jones.

Freshman guard Lattrell Johnson also drew praise from Burke, as did sophomore center Aiden Burke.

“He’s come along well,” Coach Burke said of his son. “His defense and rebounding have been his best attributes.”