SPRING HILL — Despite the obstacles of the past year and a half, the Springstead boys basketball program has been able to maintain a high level of play.
Matt McGarry’s club is taking its 13-4 record on the road into the district tournament and is starting to play some of its best basketball at the right time.
“I am very happy with this group to this point of the season. If there was any group to not have a summer with, this was the one,” McGarry said. “We came into this year with a perfect balance of experience and newcomers that has made for some exciting practices and very high expectations.”
One of the biggest reasons for Springstead’s success over the last couple of years is the play of shooting guard Unique Torain. The senior guard has been putting up solid numbers in his final season with Springstead. Torain is averaging 15.8 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists a contest. When it comes to the Eagles’ overall success, Torain has been doing it all over the court.
“It’s huge. I’m very proud of him for eclipsing the 1,000-point scoring mark earlier in the season,” McGarry said. “This year he has been such a leader. He allows guys like Saquan (Carswell) and Felix (Gamboa) to go out there and do what they do without commanding the basketball. That speaks in volume to his character and his experience. All he wants to do is win and win big.”
In taking a look at the big picture with districts and the state playoffs, this specific Springstead team is one of Hernando County’s best. They’ve played well against the likes of Nature Coast and Central, with aspirations of going beyond district tournament play. McGarry believes if this group can maintain its attention to detail, the Eagles could be adding numbers to the banners in the gymnasium.
“When we take care of the little things, we are very hard to beat,” McGarry added. “This season will be defined by us doing those things every night. I’m very confident in this group’s potential but being great is an everyday thing. As long as we strive for greatness we can go as far as they want. This is a special group but the only way to leave a proper legacy is to put numbers on the banner.”
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