Rutland boys averaging 85 points per game

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Rutland’s boys basketball team made it to the GHSA AAAA quarterfinals last season before falling to eventual state champion Jonesboro.

Four key players are back this season. The group of seniors has led the team to a 13-1 start, including an 8-0 mark in region play.

The Hurricanes have scored at least 80 points in 11 of its 14 games.

"We like to push the pace," says head coach Ron Christian. "Our motto here is ‘Pressure the ball, Push the ball, and Finish,’ so we’re definitely always going to pressure. We’re going to turn those pressure defensive situations into pushing the ball on the fast break.

"We love to get fast breaks. There’s nothing like getting an easy point. If we finish on the other end, every night we’re hoping to score 80 or above."

Team starting to gel

The ‘Canes returned four key players from last season, but it still took a while for the team to get on the same page.

"That’s why we had a few problems where we had some games under the number that we really want," Christian says.  "But once they stopped arguing with each other and started becoming a family and understanding that everybody’s in it for the same thing–it’s not one person over another person–they’re starting to understand, ‘Hey this is where I want to be. This is the team I want to be with.’"

Rutland continues region play Friday at 7:30 when it hosts Southwest.