Athlete of the Week: Jones has Saints coming of age

cambhoops-joneslayupTime flies when you are having fun, and the past four years have been a blast for Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach senior guard Bernard Jones, albeit fleeting.

It seems like yesterday the then-freshman was called upon to serve as the floor general on a veteran team, and he helped deliver a pair of SCISA Class A state championships in 2013 and 2014. Now the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week finds himself the most experienced member of a young team filled with talented freshmen and sophomores, but the goal is the same.

“It was fun,” Jones said of transferring from Mullins to CAMB as a freshman. “I got to play a huge role on a team of older guys that helped me become a better player. Now I have to take on that leadership role, and I’ve never had to lead a team the way I have this year. We have some great, talented guys but they are so young. I hope I can be a leader and help them win it all.”

A third state title for Jones seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago. After suffering a knee injury in last year’s playoffs that snapped the Saints’ string of state rings, Jones missed the start of the season and the Saints got off to a woeful 3-9 start. The Saints 10-1 since Jones’ return, sweeping their way to the Region 3-2A title and putting themselves in position for another state championship run entering next week’s region tournament.

“We have a young team with a lot of talent but you have to have that senior leadership,” CAMB coach Darren Gore said. “When Bernard come back from his injury, we started being more patient on offense, playing with more energy on defense and we came together as a team. He has a calming effect on our young guys. He’s won a couple of state championships and they look to him as a leader.”

Jones has had to assume a new role amid the young guns on the team. With so many hot hands to choose from, Jones has taken on the role of a distributor and the Saints’ go-to defender. He has had to sacrifice his own offensive numbers to spread the ball around, but what he has lacked in points he has more than made up for in the assists, steals and leadership department.

“If we need him to score, he can score. If we need a stop, he steps up on defense. He makes the big play when we need it,” Gore said. “The experience and maturity he brings helps bring the team together and makes us better.”

Jones doesn’t mind the change in roles, as long as the results are the same. Just as he was raised by older players to expect nothing less than a state championship, Jones has tried to instill the same lofty expectations in the younger Saints.

“That would be a great way to go out, and that’s what we’re striving for,” Jones said of a state title. “I feel like we’ve improved every game, and Coach said we are playing our best basketball at the right time. We are the best team in (Class 2A) when we are playing our best basketball. Now we just have to go out and do it.”

Spoken like a seasoned veteran.

Comments

comments

Week 9 Previews & Picks: Big night of football on tap

Week 9 Previews & Picks: Big night of football on tapWeek 9 is the kickoff of crunch time on the [more]

CF's Hatfield, boys team claim Region 6-5A titles

CF's Hatfield, boys team claim Region 6-5A titlesAll five Carolina Forest boys runners placed in the top [more]

Only MB stands between NMB sweep to region title

Only MB stands between NMB sweep to region titleThe North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team has run the [more]

Wilson takes keys, drives Seahawks to 100th victory

Wilson takes keys, drives Seahawks to 100th victoryMickey Wilson vaguely remembers Scott Earley approaching him in April [more]

Legette's comeback puts CF foes in a real 'Catch 22'

Legette's comeback puts CF foes in a real 'Catch 22'David Legette knows his coaches could have moved on for [more]

NMB girls win region title; MB boys finish runner-up

NMB girls win region title; MB boys finish runner-upThe North Myrtle Beach High girls cross country team won [more]

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4A

Golf: CF, SJ qualify in 5A; MB, NMB finish 2-3 in 4AThe St. James girls golf team was runner-up at Monday's [more]

CF's Runyon makes home run to coach alma mater

CF's Runyon makes home run to coach alma materFormer Carolina Forest High and University of Alabama softball standout [more]

Tennis: Seahawks start long week with win over Wilson

Tennis: Seahawks start long week with win over WilsonThe Myrtle Beach girls tennis team breezed through another region [more]

CCU baseball at Clemson, hosts UNCW in fall season

CCU baseball at Clemson, hosts UNCW in fall seasonWith fall practice in full swing, Coastal Carolina baseball head [more]

Volleyball: Chiefs, Panthers take broom to region rivals

Volleyball: Chiefs, Panthers take broom to region rivalsThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team continued its unbeaten run [more]

Coast FA boys teams earn Charleston Shootout titles

Coast FA boys teams earn Charleston Shootout titlesThree Coast FA boys select teams returned home with hardware [more]

Chants suffer Sun Belt loss to Warhawks on home turf

Chants suffer Sun Belt loss to Warhawks on home turfCoastal Carolina fell behind early and played from behind for [more]

Week 8 Roundup: Wilson wins 100th; Tigers prevail

Week 8 Roundup: Wilson wins 100th; Tigers prevailMyrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson's teams are known for [more]

Panthers stroll past Sharks, set up key 6-5A showdown

Panthers stroll past Sharks, set up key 6-5A showdownCarolina Forest is typically pretty reserved when it comes to [more]

No. 6 Chiefs bounce back in a big way to fly past Falcons

No. 6 Chiefs bounce back in a big way to fly past FalconsNorth Myrtle Beach bounced back from last week's loss in [more]

Knights roll past Braves in battle of haves, have-nots

Knights roll past Braves in battle of haves, have-notsThe haves and the have-nots became obvious in the first [more]

CF boys, NMB girls claim Horry County XC crowns

CF boys, NMB girls claim Horry County XC crownsThe North Myrtle Beach girls and the Carolina Forest boys [more]

Week 8 Previews & Picks: MB's Wilson goes for 100

Week 8 Previews & Picks: MB's Wilson goes for 100There has been some confusion over exactly when and where [more]

Football rivals team up to stay sharp, help neighbors

Football rivals team up to stay sharp, help neighborsFacing weeks of canceled practices and games, Mason Garcia knew [more]

Volleyball: Chiefs continue run through region lineup

Volleyball: Chiefs continue run through region lineupThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team continued its unblemished region [more]

MB girls win region crown; four locals make all-region

MB girls win region crown; four locals make all-regionThe Myrtle Beach High girls golf team won the Region [more]

Knights knock off Sharks following monthlong wait

Knights knock off Sharks following monthlong wait The last time Tommy Norwood spoke after one of his [more]

Golf: Sharks top Panthers; Knaffle, Gray co-medalists

Golf: Sharks top Panthers; Knaffle, Gray co-medalistsThe three-time state champion St. James girls golf team captured [more]

Conway hires familiar face to lead Lady Tigers' hoops

Conway hires familiar face to lead Lady Tigers' hoopsConway High School has chosen a familiar face to direct [more]

Week 9 Previews & Picks: Big night of football on tap

Week 9 Previews & Picks: Big night of football on tapWeek 9 is the kickoff of crunch time on the [more]

CF's Hatfield, boys team claim Region 6-5A titles

CF's Hatfield, boys team claim Region 6-5A titlesAll five Carolina Forest boys runners placed in the top [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach