How three Trask basketball players have helped shape athletics at the school
One word echoes through the voices of players and coaches for the Trask boys basketball team this winter.
Trask (14-4, 5-0 Waccamaw) has glided through conference play and kept each of its losses extremely close.
The team has seven seniors, and longtime coach Rodney Orr says the experience has made the unit stand out.
"It hasn't been the talent that's been enjoyable. It's been the work ethic that's been enjoyable. There's a competitiveness and drive from our leaders that has bled down," Orr said.
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Jamiel Davis, Myron Mckoy and Isaac Turner are a big piece of the Titans' leadership this winter, but their experience isn't limited to the basketball court.
Turner, a standout baseball player and UNC Asheville commit, starts at running back for the football team. While he uses basketball to help stay in baseball shape, he reminds his teammates that their time is finite.
"I use (other sports) to get better at my main sport," Turner said. "Just have fun. You only get four years to do this with your guys, so enjoy it."
Despite being one of the team's few junior starters, Mckoy is the team's leading scorer. At 5-foot-7, he's far from the biggest athlete on the court, but he hasn't let that stop him from averaging 16.8 points per game this season.
"I think my biggest challenge was being more of a leader this year," Mckoy said. "Last year we had some really good senior leaders, and now that they left I feel like I had to take up a bigger role and be a leader to lower-classmen."
Davis, who tied a state record for most interceptions by a defensive player in a game in the fall, is the team's second-leading scorer, posting a career-high 21 points against Jacksonville in December.
The senior stuck with the football program through some of its most challenging times and says playing multiple sports has helped build chemistry with his teammates.
"At Trask we have a lot of great athletes that come through, but most of them never try to play more than one sport," Davis said. "This year we had a lot of great athletes playing multiple sports and helped because they're all naturally dogs."
All three players have helped their primary sports reach new heights. Davis and Turner helped Trask football snap an 18-game losing streak and this fall to win a home playoff game for the first time in program history.
Turner helped Trask advance to the quarterfinals of the 2A baseball state playoffs last spring.
As they enter the basketball season's final few games, Trask's trio knows next season won't be the same. However, they hope the improvement they've seen firsthand at the school will continue.
"Trask is changing, and we just wanted to be better, so we did it," Davis said.
This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: Three Trask basketball players have shaped athletics at the school