By Rory Sharrock
For many Southern Crescent student-athletes, both high school and collegiate, religion and faith carry the same level of importance in their lives as any superstitious pregame ritual for good luck.
While each individual holds his unique belief close to his heart.
But the faith of one local trio now playing at Carver Bible College stands out from the crowd.
For freshman forward Jeremy Mahaffey, who graduated from Mundy's Mill, along with sophomore guards Kent Dorsey, also of Mundy's Mill and Fred Clyde, who is an alumnus of Riverdale High, playing basketball comes in distant second compared to their love for studying the word of God.
When this trio isn't competing on the hardwood, they're hard at work preparing for a career in the ministry at the Atlanta college.
Carver prides itself on providing students seeking to become spiritual leaders with intense biblical and theological training.
"I want to be a pastor, so this is an opportunity to expand my education through playing basketball," Mahaffey said.
"For me personally, I'm just grasping the whole experience. Just Him (God) transforming me from what I was, to what I am now. Hopefully, through me coming here, and playing basketball, I can share His word with other people."
Dorsey and Mahaffey share a bond dating back to high school and that evidence can be seen regularly on the court.
As a result of their chemistry, each player knows the other's strengths and weaknesses as well as they know the bible verses they study in class.
While running the offense at guard, Dorsey knows exactly when to dish to Mahaffey in the post, where he can effectivly use his size to take advantage of his opposition.
"We've been playing with each other for a long time. I got my boy over here now and we're just trying to gel together," Dorsey said.
Mahaffey followed up his former Mundy's Mill classmate's comments saying, "We've hooped together so much. I know what he's going to do and he knows what I can do. He knows when to give me the ball and when not to give me the ball."
During their high school days, Dorsey and Mahaffey joined forces against rival competitors such as Clyde, who played for the Riverdale Raiders.
Today, they all share a common goal and show support for one another, both on and off the court.
Recently, they all had the pleasure of returning to Clayton County in a game against Clayton State University.
Although the Cougars hung tough for a while, trailing 37-36 at the half, in the end, the Lakers' depth was too much to handle and Carver fell 104-64.
Mahaffey tied a game-high with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with two steals.
Dorsey contributed with eight points and four assists, while Clyde scored four points in limited action.