Morrow coach Creswell Foy says his team is starting to play well heading into the later part of its regular season schedule. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
MORROW — In Morrow coach Creswell Foy’s estimation, his team is starting to peak.
And it’s a good thing it’s happening now as the Mustangs begin a crucial stretch in their Region 2-AAAAAA schedule. Morrow hosts region-leading Luella tonight before making the short turnaround to face Lovejoy on Saturday. Lovejoy is in second place in the seven-team region.
“We are coming along like we wanted to at this point,” Foy said. “We are playing well at the right time of the year. We have been playing together as a team. The guys are grasping the team concept.”
The Mustangs close the season with seven straight region games and enter today on a four-game winning streak. Morrow is two games behind Newton, which is in second place, and a game behind third-place Lovejoy.
Luella comes in at 7-0 in the league.
“This is a very important game as we start to play for seeding for the region tournament,” Foy said. “These next two games will let us know where we stand. The best man has to stand up and come out of it with a win. We have to make a statement in these next two games.”
This is the first meeting between the teams this season after the first game was postponed because of inclement weather earlier this month.
After securing its first state playoff berth in school history last season, Luella is the leading the league.
The Lions are led by a pair of Division-I prospects in TeMarcus Blanton, who has signed with South Carolina, and 7-foot Doral Moore, a junior who has drawn interest from several big time programs.
“It’s really big game,” Blanton said. “You know, every region game is big, but we’ve defeated all our other opponents, and now we’ve gotta go out and take care of business with Morrow and not let down.”
Morrow is led by DeMarkus Loman, who is averaging 15.8 points and Cameron Davis (11.8 points).
“Morrow is always an athletic team that comes out and plays an aggressive style of defense,” Luella coach Jamonds Sims said. “They could get on a roll and become the front-runner in this region. We have to go over there and try to take care of business. We know it won’t be easy because it is going to be an hostile environment over there.”
Sims said he has been pleased with his team so far, but is looking for them to make some corrections before the region tournament in next month.
“Everybody on the team is locking on their roles,” Sims said. “We have made some strives in the right direction. We just have to fine tune some things as we head into the down stretch of the season.”
Lions guard A.J. Banton agreed.
“The Morrow game is big because they are the only team we haven’t played yet,” he said. “But I know we are well prepared for them, and I have a lot of confidence in my team. We put in a lot of work in practice, so I know we will be just fine.
“Our team has grown tremendously since the Lovejoy game. We went on a seven-game winning streak since that game, and our chemistry is constantly building up. I look forward to continue being undefeated in the region.”