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MMA’s post grads could be best ever


Posted 2018-11-13

    Massanutten Military Academy’s post-graduate Flying Colonels opened their 2018-19 basketball season Saturday, defeating North Carolina Shooting 4 Greatness, 94-73.

    Playing before a homecoming crowd at Massanutten’s Memorial Gym, the Colonels struggled at times but won going away.

    Colonels’ coach Chad Myers said though this may be the most talented in his four years at the academy, it is expected to perform well nationally among prep school teams.

    Lots of work remains until his recruits reach potential.

    This season’s team is passing more for an open shot than teams of the past and is rebounding better, Myers said. The Colonels have more height and won’t rely so heavily on the three-point shot.

    In the pre-season, Massanutten has played exhibition games against some of the nation’s best post-grad programs, including Oak Hill Academy and Patrick Henry Community College.

    During Saturday’s season opener, the Colonels’ 6-7 point guard Dereon Seabron, 2018 Virginia High School League Class 4 player of the year at Lake Taylor High School, scored 24 points, had four assists, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two turnovers.

    Jarren McAllister a 6-3 shooting guard from Wake Forest, North Carolina who has committed to Virginia Commonwealth University, scored 17 points, collected four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers.

    Brandon Suggs, a 6-7 guard from Power Springs, Georgia, scored 15 points, pulled down five rebounds, had six assists, two blocks shots and two turnovers.    

    Mahamadou Diawara, a 6-10 forward from Mali, Africa and the only returning player from last year’s team, scored 12 points, picked up six rebounds and blocked three shots.

    Jarvis Vaughan, a 6-8 forward who played at Staunton’s Robert E. Lee High School, scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had two assists.

    Myers believes this could be the academy’s best team during his tenure there.

    The Colonels will play Prestige Prep Saturday at 3 p.m. at Memorial Gym on the MMA campus.