Mavin’s big week helps The Rock win two


Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:00 a.m.

Despite graduating a pair of first-team Sun all-area selections in Patrick Konan and Vlad Kondratyev from last year’s FHSAA Class 1A final four squad, The Rock has continued to roll.

One of the main reasons the Lions (14-3) have not skipped a beat this season is the addition of Dennis Mavin.

A first-team all-area performer at Eastside last season, Mavin has fit in nicely for The Rock, which is ranked third in Class 1A.

A right ankle injury suffered in a game last month forced the senior guard to miss three contests, but he is starting to get back to full strength.

In a 61-36 win over Oak Hall last week, Mavin finished with 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting night. He followed with a game-high 25 points as the Lions posted a 57-47 win over Orlando Jones, the Class 3A state-runner up a season ago. The 6-foot-2 Mavin also grabbed five rebounds and had two assists and two steals in the win at Jones.

“His main contribution is his relentless attacking of the basket and he has become a better player defensively,” said first-year Lions coach Justin Harden. “He is a good player offensively and with Scottie (Wilbekin), they make a wonderful backcourt duo.”

Harden, said that prior to the injury, Mavin was leading The Rock in scoring with about 19 points per game. Mavin, who has generated interest from Marshall,

Troy, Florida Atlantic and Stetson, is now averaging almost 15 points per game.

“He is a valuable addition certainly,” Harden said.

Basketball

BRECKLEY NEALE, OAK HALL: The senior guard totaled 45 points, 19 rebounds, five steals, four blocked shots and two assists as the Eagles went 1-2. The Southeastern University signee highlighted her week with 21 points and nine rebounds in a loss to The Rock.

Soccer

STUART BROWN, SUWANNEE: The junior midfielder led the Bulldogs to a 3-0 record last week with four goals and two assists. He had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Fort White to highlight the week.

Honorable mention

Basketball

SCOTTIE WILBEKIN, THE ROCK: The junior guard compiled 19 points and 10 assists as the Lions went 2-0 last week with wins over Oak Hall and Orlando Jones.

JAILYN MCGRUDER, HAWTHORNE: The freshman guard compiled 35 points, 21 assists and 18 rebounds as the Hornets went 1-2 last week. She had 20 points, with five 3-pointers and seven assists in a loss at Williston.

Soccer

JAKE HAYES, SUWANNEE: The Bulldogs went 3-0 last week as the senior goalkeeper picked up his seventh and eighth shutouts of the season. He made a total of 10 saves and allowed one goal.

MICHAEL BERLIN, NEWBERRY: The senior midfielder netted a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Fort White to highlight the Panthers’ 1-0-1 week.

DAVID BERLIN, NEWBERRY: The junior goalkeeper stopped a combined 29 shots as the Panthers played Santa Fe to scoreless tie and knocked off Fort White 4-1 last week.

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