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SWD boys use new approach to regain prominence

“So we have to use a lot of body and we have some really good players, No.1-15,” Brown said. “Kids love it. We give them a lot of freedom. We are going to do some actions that will give us the best chances to score and we will do a little bit after the break. This revenue margin has been really good for us.

While the Panthers aren’t the size of previous teams, there’s plenty of athleticism on the roster, enough to encourage the staff to make the switch.

The Panthers are led by combo guard Jordan Sanders, a 6-foot-3 senior who averages a team-high 15.3 points. Sanders, an all-regional pick last year, also averaged 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 4.5 steals.

Kortney Forrest, a 6-3 winger, is averaging 13 points. Brown said the elder was a knockdown shooter who worked both sides of the court and was the team’s vocal leader.

Junior Xzaviah Taylor, son of Olympic medalist Angelo Taylor, plays bigger than his frame 6-1. He has the explosive ability to steal the ball and fly high to score, bounce, and block shots. “If the ball is anywhere around him he’s going to get it,” Brown said. His twin brother, Isaiah Taylor, is also on the team.

Nixon Stewart, a 6-2 senior, is a transfer from Towers who is averaging 10.7 points off the bench. Brown said Stewart brings a strong presence to the tough-minded who knows how to pull off the game. “He’s been a big boost,” Brown said.

These are just four of the players on the list. The Panthers use at least 10, sometimes as many as 15 in each game. “There are a lot of guys doing a lot of great things,” he said.

Southwest DeKalb is on leave until Saturday night when he plays rival Columbia at 7 p.m. ET. Friday’s game against Decatur and Tuesday’s game against St. Pius had to be postponed due to work on the SWD pitches.

More SWD news: The Panthers’ next victory will be the 1,000th in the program’s 66-year history. Southwest is 999-460 and has won five state championships, all under current coach Kathy Walton. The Panthers face Columbia on Saturday.

Eagle’s Landing wins the Kingdom of the Sun: The No.1-seeded Eagle’s Landing boys won the 47th Kingdom of the Sun tournament in Ocala, Fla., Defeating IMG Blue of Bradenton 63-60 in the final.

“It means a lot to win this tournament and it’s great for our kids,” said Eagle’s Landing coach Elliott Montgomery. “This is our first time coming to this tournament and we are blessed to win it. It’s a great victory and a great tournament for us.

AJ Barnes scored 20 points in the Championship game and was named MVP of the tournament. David Thomas and Jordan Fordyce were also part of the All-Star tournament squad for the Eagles.