The games can seem a little redundant for Greenville Christian School boys basketball coach Logan Collins.
Collins’ Saints, who are a perfect 19-0, are so much better and so much more talented than most of the teams they have played this season that there has been little drama after the opening tip.
Not surprisingly, it happened again on Wednesday night. Down in Benton for the quarterfinals of the MAIS Class 2A state tournament, GCS jumped out to a 25-2 lead over Lee Academy and eventually won the game 80-21. If Wednesday’s game was a boxing match, the referee in the ring would have stopped this one quicker than a Mike Tyson fight.
Despite the repetitiveness of so many victories, Collins and his Saints have no time to yawn. Two more victories, starting Friday night in the semifinals against Christian Collegaite, and they are the Class 2A champions.
“We are definitely not looking past anyone,” said Coach Collins. “Christian Collegiate played us well at South State. They have a post player (Brian Kelly) who scored 23 points against us. We respect them and know they are a good team.”
The winner of Friday’s game between GCS and Christian Collegiate will play in the state championship game on Saturday against the winner of St. Joseph and Manchester Academy.
One of the best bright spots in GCS’ win Wednesday was the play of senior Jeremiah Hilliard. Hilliard had, perhaps, his best game of the year as he made five 3-pointers on his way to 18 points. DJ Smith led the Saints in scoring with 20 points and Josh Curtis scored 10 points.
“Jeremiah had a great game, and it was really great to see.”