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Sharp shooter

Dalton Reese is only a sophomore, but he's already making a name for himself at Briarwood Academy and in the Georgia Independent Schools Association.

The talented shooting guard has averaged nearly 20 points all season long and he's drawn lots of attention.

"He's one of those players who can do lots of things when he gets his hands on the basketball," said Briarwood Academy head coach Bo Fleming after Reese's impressive performance against John Hancock Academy in the Region 1-A Basketball Tournament last Thursday night.

In that game, Reese scored 19 points and yanked down eight rebounds.

He also had four steals and was sharp shooting 3-pointers.

Against John Hancock Academy's Rebels, he made five such long shots.

"Dalton enjoys playing the game and I think anybody can see that when they watch him on the court," said coach Fleming.

"We wouldn't be where we find ourselves as a team today, if it wasn't for him. He's really come through for us this season."

Reese, son of Jay and Mary Lynn Reese, plays well offensively and defensively, said coach Fleming.

"He's very exciting to watch out there on the court," added his coach. "He seems to be everywhere a lot of the time. He's a very talented athlete."

Reese has been the Bucs' dominant scorer all season. And as a result, Briarwood went into the Region 1-A Basketball Tournament as the No. 1 seeded boys' team.

Even before the season started, Reese had been counted on by coach Fleming as one of the team's go-to players. The other player that had been counted on was Trey Stadler, a senior. However, Stadler got injured during the football playoffs and was forced to miss the first half of the basketball season.

"Dalton stepped it up another notch when that happened, which is why we've had the kind of the season we've had in region play," explained coach Fleming. "I'm hoping he will play as well as he has when we go to the state playoffs."

Web posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010

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