Young Jaguars open play in Peach Belt Conference

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After splitting four non-conference games, Augusta State coach Dip Metress told his team the slate is clean.

The Jaguars start their new season today when they open Peach Belt Conference play at Francis Marion at 3:30 p.m. The women’s game begins at 1:30.

“We’re 0-0 going into the game with Francis Marion,” Metress said.

Six newcomers, five of whom are underclassmen, have seen signficant time for the Jaguars this season. With the influx of new players, Augusta State (2-2) has been inconsistent on the floor. The Jaguars have defeated Paine, lost at No. 10 Benedict, beat Coastal Georgia on the road and then lost Wednesday night at Valdosta State. The past three games have been decided by a total of 10 points.

“You can make the argument that we’re four to five plays from being 4-0,” Metress said. “You can also make the argument that we’re four to five plays from being 1-3.

“I’m not disappointed. I think we’ll get better as the year progresses.”

Augusta State addressed its shooting woes during Friday’s practice. The Jaguars are last in the league in shooting percentage (40.3) and points per game (64.2). Of players who have taken more than 10 shots, Travis Keels leads with a 46 percent shooting percentage.

In Augusta State’s 60-56 loss at Valdosta State, the Jaguars had 10 shots blocked en route to a 31 percent shooting effort.

“Some of it is shot selection. Some of it is youth,” Metress said. “We’ve got to get better inside the paint.”

Harold Doby leads Augusta State in scoring (12.2) and rebounding (8.5). O’Neal Armstrong is averaging 12.0 points a game, while freshman Devonte Thomas is chipping in with an 11.0 scoring average on 11 3-pointers.


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