The reason why the Josey Eagles are perfect starts with Dominique Archie.
The South Carolina-bound senior has scattered his game all over the stat sheet for the Eagles this year.
He averages 19.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per night. That's the beginning.
The 6-foot-7 senior bound for South Carolina also brings three steals and three assists per game to the floor.
His near-70 percent shooting percentage across his 211 shots is tops in the area for a player who puts the ball up as much as he does.
He's been bothered by a wrist injury where he's had to bandage his shooting hand, more for protection than any hindrance.
It's the sort of elevation of his game that has to makes his next coach, South Carolina's Dave Odom, pleased with his adjustment to a team-oriented game where he sees the whole floor.
His current coach sure thinks so.
"He's the difference," Josey coach Sam Lillly said. "He brings us up to another level. He's the start of several good reasons why we are unbeaten this year."
TOP PLAYERS: It was a tough call for this week's boys player of the week honor. Quicksilver Glenn Hills guard Antonio Keller scored 66 points in three games, including 18 in a half.
Wardlaw's Trevor Lyons put up 67 in three contest, with a high of 37 points.
But like he does with almost everything down low, Tyrese Harris snagged the honor. The Butler senior standout put up 66 in his three night's work, with games of 21 and 33 points.
More importantly, his work came in the clutch. Harris helped the Bulldogs hang onto the top spot in the upcoming Region 3-AAA tournament at Burke County.
The girls honor goes not for a consistent body of work but for a dazzling one-night showcase.
Barnwell junior guard Ericka Myers poured in 43 points in a single night last week - the high of all reported girls' scoring nights in the area this season.
NAME OF THE WEEK: This one has to go to Harlem's Sean Hackshaw. He proved that he's not the hacking Bill Laimbeer clone that his name applies.
Hackshaw spent his time in the scoring column, with 24 and 12-point games last week.
WORTH NOTING: Josey's Brittany Bell is an undeniable mistake-eraser around the hoop for the Eagles this season. She's averaging 5.4 blocks per game. ... At last report, Augusta Prep's Trey Minor had sank 64 percent of his 45 three-point shots. ... Watch out for Liberty County freshman point guard Metra Waltour at next week's Region 3-AAA girls tourney at Burke County. The freshman point guard is averaging over 25 points per game. A source within the region said her assists total was almost nine dishes per contest.
GAME TO WATCH: Tonight's contest between Allelulia Community and Augusta Christian should be worth watching. Allelulia runs the Grinnell College-style offense that's in the news this week. Alleluia has made 20 3-point shots in a game this season. Augusta Christian won the earlier meeting this year.
The area's top five boys and girls basketball teams this week:
1. Hephzibah - 25-0 - Won a hyped-up Glenn Hills rematch by 37
2. Burke County - 20-2 - Beat Liberty Co. 64-62 in clash of 20-win squads
3. Josey - 19-4 - 2-2 against tough AAA Cross Creek
4. Cross Creek - 16-5 - Kent, Rawls and Lampkin are a tough trio
5. Greenbrier - 18-5 - School record for wins, and climbing
1. Josey - 23-0 - Eagles likely have to be perfect to be champions
2. Butler - 19-5 - Region 3-AAA regular-season champion
3. Thomson - 17-4 - Win over a surging Glenn Hills team was big
4. Hephzibah - 19-6 - Finished in three-way tie for second in 3-AAA
5. Glenn Hills - 14-8 - Showed their wares with win at Butler
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