From Staff Reports
WATERSBORO, S.C. — The Allegany College of Maryland men’s basketball team will skip the frying pan and jump right into the fire when opens its season under first-year head coach Tommie Reams today, 5:30 p.m., against the College of Central Florida Patriots, the defending NJCAA national champions and currently the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the opening round of the USC Salk Challenge at the University of South Carolina–Salkehatchie.
After facing the Patriots the Trojans will then go up against Gulf Coast State College Saturday at 1 p.m. Allegany and tournament host Salkehatchie won’t play until the Indians travel to Cumberland for the Allegany College of Maryland Christmas Classic in December. The Trojans’ first home game will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., against Frederick Community College.
Reams becomes just the third Allegany men’s basketball coach in the last 42 years, as he succeeds Mike Baker, who stepped down after nine seasons. Assisting Reams will be Bobby Fuller.
The Trojans return six players from last year’s 10-17 team: Garrett D’Atri, Patrick Hill, Alonzo Molina, Tyson Reynold, Larry Terry, and Davon Williams, five of whom saw time as starters.
D’Atri, 6-2, 185-pound guard from Fort Hill, is the returning team leader in assists from last season with 1.5 per game. D’Atri averaged 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. D’Atri was the AMAC Player of the Year his senior year at Fort Hill.
Hill, 6-4, 185-pound small forward from North Point High School in Waldorf, averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game last season. He was recruited as a freshman for his defensive capabilities and, according to Reams, “continues to show great athleticism and the ability to be a defensive stopper this season.”
Molina, a 6-7, 200-pound power forward out of Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., averaged 1.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season.
“Molina is a great athlete whose game has matured over the offseason due to both an increase in basketball IQ and physical strength,” said Reams. “He has demonstrated great leadership for us during this time of transition.”
Reynold, a 6-9, 220-pound forward from South Florida Prep in Queens N.Y., averaged 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in a limited role last season for the Trojans. Reynold has shown exceptional determination to improve his game and has been relentless in the pursuit of excellence on and off of the court,” said Reams.
Terry, 6-2, 190-pound guard from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.Va. returns for his sophomore campaign as the returning leading scorer as he averaged 11.6 points while shooting 42 percent on three-pointers. Terry also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last season.
“Terry has done a great job during the offseason working on his strength and conditioning and looks to be a big part of our success this season,” said Reams. Terry was All-State honorable mention in high school and came to ACM on the recommendation of his cousin, former Allegany All-American and Maryland Terrapin, Tom “Speedy” Jones.
Williams, 6-6, 220-pound forward from Potomac High School in Suitland, is the team’s leading returning rebounder with 7.2 rebounds per game. He also averaged 6.4 points and had a team-high 12 blocks. Reams calls Williams a hard worker and says he has added the mid-range jumper to his offensive game.
Allegany will have six freshmen looking to contribute and see action on the roster this season: Rashad Murphy, Washington, D.C.; Allson Reynold, Queens, N.Y.; Mark Robinson, Silver Spring; Bakpoto Sawi, Beltsville; Adam Wells, Beaver, W.Va.; and Devon Wilson, Laurel.
Reams said he is excited and appreciative how the players have worked together during the transition to a new coach.
“The brotherhood that the players demonstrate has been essential in the transition,” he said. “All of the players from last year’s team returned knowing that Coach Baker was leaving and that says something about the kind of character Coach Baker has and the type of person he is. The sophomores have the challenge this year of continuing to build the legacy that is Allegany basketball during a transition period.
“One of our strengths is the experience of our sophomores as Larry Terry and Davon Williams started the majority of the games last season, and Garrett D’Atri, Alonzo Molina, and Tyson Reynold all saw time as starters and key role playing positions. I’m excited to be affiliated with an organization like Allegany and am excited with the opportunity that is in front of me, which is to continue greatness.”