The Piedmont boys basketball team has opened its season with four consecutive victories under first-year coach Rudi Heath, something that hasn’t happened in Panther Country in a number of years. In fact, the Panthers hadn’t won more than 11 games in any season since at least the 2006-07 campaign. But after a strong start, they hope to change that.
Entering their Thursday, Dec. 6 game against Parkwood, who the Panthers defeated on the road, 72-54, earlier in the season, Piedmont has averaged 61 points per game with impressive wins over Sun Valley, Marvin Ridge and Weddington already under their belts.
The Panthers are getting contributions from a number of players, including 6-foot-5 post Brady Meggs (15.3 points, seven rebounds) and 6-6 Cameron Tripp (13 points, 10 rebounds), who’ve helped the Panthers average more than 35 rebounds per contest.
Steady guards Jeremy Anthony (13 points), Qualen Blakney (11.7 points, six assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals) and Eli Hyatt (4.7 points, six rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.7 assists) have provided consistency.
Following their Dec. 6 game, the Panthers have a rematch at Sun Valley before hosting North Stanly on Thursday, Dec. 13. The Panthers will also compete in the Holy Angels tournament at Charlotte Catholic Dec. 19-21.