MATTHEWS – When you only have two seniors and a freshman starter at point guard among the regular rotation, there are going to be some growing pains but the Covenant Day boys basketball team is figuring it out on the fly.
A big chunk of the team’s early season has come from their talented freshman point guard and two senior starters.
Aden Holloway is the freshman, already locked into an offer from Syracuse before he played his first high school game.
So far, he’s more than lived up to the hype. Holloway is averaging a team-best 16.2 points and 3.2 assists. He’s been great, but also very economical as he’s shooting 57 percent from the floor, 9-of-16 (56 percent) from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line to start the season.
The seniors – guard Jacob Dahlberg and forward Hamidou Sidibe – have been the steady leaders for the Lions, who have started the season 4-2 after beating Queens Grant 66-26 on Nov. 26.
Sidibe is averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while providing an athletic presence inside on defense. Dahlberg starred as the Lions point guard last year, but has switched more off the ball this season. Still, he’s averaging 5.4 points, 2.2 assists and a team-best 2.8 steals per game.
Junior Thomas Hailey (11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds) and Britt Anderson (7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds) round out the starting lineup for Covenant Day.
The Lions had a tough matchup with Charlotte Catholic on Dec. 3 after Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s press deadline, but will next play Arborbrook Christian on Dec. 7.