Boys Basketball: King’s Ridge picks up where it left off after historic season

By Zach Shugan

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Coming off the best season in program history, King’s Ridge has shown no signs of slowing down in 2021.

The Tigers finished 20-6 last year, setting a program record for most wins in a season. Less than halfway through this year’s regular season, they are on track to break the record once again.

King’s Ridge enters a short break for the holidays 9-2 overall after cruising to a 60-36 win over Wesleyan on Saturday.

“Last year and this year we’re reaping the rewards of what we did three and four years ago,” King’s Ridge head coach Bob Martin said. “It’s taken a lot of time. We took our lumps the first two years I was here, no doubt about it. Last year, we got some wins. This year, now we’re expected to win. That’s a little different pressure on us, but the kids have really bought into it.”

King’s Ridge senior Liam Thomas (#23) pulls up from long range in the Tigers’ Dec. 18 win over Wesleyan.

The Tigers were in control from tip-off to the final buzzer, largely because they drained shots from long range early and often. They hit 11 three-pointers as a team, seven of which came in the first quarter.

“They’re just having fun right now playing loose and free, and I love it,” Martin said.

Junior point guard Isaac Martin led the charge with 16 points (4 three-pointers) and 7 assists. Liam Thomas (6 pts, 4 reb), Zak Thomas (10 pts, 3 reb, 3 asst) and Jaydon Cole (6 pts) each added a pair of threes.

Jack Thomas (10 pts, 6 reb) and Micah Hoover (8 pts, 5 reb) controlled the paint for the Tigers on both ends of the court.

King’s Ridge junior Isaac Martin (#1) brings the ball up the court in the Tigers’ Dec. 18 win over Wesleyan.

King’s Ridge heads to south Georgia Dec. 28-30 for a three-game slate against Calvary Day, Richmond Hill and Johnson.

“Three very good opponents,” Martin said. “We’ll see how good we are when we get down there.”

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