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Posted On: 02/6/18 6:02 PM
Northside HS has quietly put together another impressive season this year and will look to make another deep run into the state playoffs at the 3A level. Previously playing in the 2A division, they won the state championship last year and made runs into the regional finals pretty much every season prior to that over the last six to seven seasons. This season they are currently 20-0 and finished the season last year with a record of 30-0 which puts them on a 50 game winning streak going into their Tuesday night matchup with rival Jacksonville HS.
Not only are they winning games this year but they are dominating opponents, throughout the twenty games they have played so far they have won eighteen out of twenty games by at least seventeen points. Once you add in the factor that the team was missing its starting forward due to injury, but still continue to play at a high level, you have no choice but to be impressed.
The team is led by Senior Kenny Dye who has been playing varsity basketball since his freshman year, he gives the team 15 points and 6 Assist per game. More importantly he brings the leadership and experience to a team that will face some tough battles down the stretch. Senior Guard Gabe Kirkendoll is second in scoring at 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assist a night, he can shoot the ball well from deep and has picked up some interest from schools such as NC Wesleyan. Senior Guard Jason Robinson comes in averaging 10 points a night and is another player that can flourish in an up-tempo style of offense. Forwards Jason Mixon and Demetrius Jones take care of business in the post on both end of the floor by blocking shots and rebounding which allows the team to get out into transition for easy buckets.
With Jones going to Navy to play football he of course is unavailable to recruit for college basketball programs, however the other names mentioned definitely can play college basketball on various levels. College coaches should stop in and give these guys a look, one thing is for certain, these young men know how to win games.