-Boys basketball lands two on All-Region team
The 2018-19 high school basketball season was a roller coaster ride for the LCHS varsity boys basketball team, going from a 2-9 start to making the GHSA State Playoffs with an upset win over North Hall in the Region 7-AAA tournament.
The Indians played their best basketball down the final stretch of the season behind the leadership and productive play of seniors Matt Seabolt and Jake Granger.
The two senior players put the team on its shoulders, weathering the good and the bad that the team had to endure, and helped the Indians turn what looked like a doomed season into one in which Lumpkin had a State Playoff appearance.
For all their contributions during the season to the Indians and their noticeable basketball skill sets, Seabolt and Granger were both selected for the Region 7-AAA All-Region team, as voted on by Region 7-AAA coaches.
“I thought, especially as the season progressed, both Matt and Jake took on leadership roles and really expanded their games, said LCHS head boys basketball coach Jeff Steele. “By them doing that it raised the level of the other guys. Statistically, they both played a huge part in our success late in the season.”
Seabolt, a force for the Indians in the low post throughout the season, emerged as one of the top offensive players for Lumpkin during the season and was the team’s leading rebounder and shot blocker. Seabolt averaged 11 points per game and nine rebounds per game for the Indians in his senior season, easily making him a lock as a selection for the 2018-19 All-Region team.
“Matt [Seabolt] led us in rebounding and blocked shots,” Steele said. “Matt, also, finished right behind Jake [Granger] in the scoring column.”
Granger’s season was much like the Indians’ season, an up and down affair. However, when the Indians needed Granger to step up his game, the senior player didn’t disappoint and only grew stronger as the season went on. Whether knocking down contested shots or dishing out assists, Granger helped Lumpkin in anyway he could on the offensive side of the court. Granger’s strong court vision and his confidence to take a big shot when his team needed it helped the Indians make their late season run into the State Playoffs. Granger led the Indians in assists and points per game during the 2018-19 season, averaging 11 points per game and seven assists per game. Granger also made his presence felt on the boards during the season, averaging five rebounds per game for the Indians. All of the contributions made by Granger, especially late in the season, allowed the senior to be named to the All-Region team.
“Overall, I think these two guys displayed what seniors are all about when it matters most,” Steele said. “I love them both and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”