ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Basketball at St. Martin has made a giant leap, not only becoming highly competitive, the Yellow Jackets are viable contenders under the leadership of head coach Charlie Pavlus.
"Our guys are extremely hungry, "stated Pavlus. "We talk about winning the gold ball. Biloxi has been blessed with 5, Gulfport 9 and obviously Harrison Central and other people and we want what they want."
To get there, the Yellow Jackets must rely on two key players...6-foot-1 junior Stacee St. Julian and 6-foot-2 senior Rodrick Sikes.
Julian is netting 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Sikes is drilling the nets at A 19.3 clip with 5.4 rebounds.
Pavlus said, "Rodrick Sikes is the main guy everybody is talking about as a senior and underclassman Stacee St. Julian. St. Julian has had a 40 point game this year against Harrison Central. 40 points, 14 rebounds in that game and Rodrick Sikes has had 37 points and 14 rebound game as well.
Those two guys have worked extremely hard. They were our 3rd and 4th options last year. This year with Ed Simpson and Jamont Franklin off to college, it gives them an opportunity to step into that role."
Jalen Lett, Raheem Pleasant, Kaleb Clark, Jonte Moultrie and Johnelius Anderson assist Sikes and St. Julian in helping St. Martin post games under the win column.
"They're extremely aggressive, "Pavlus said. "They want to be better. They want to be the best."
The Yellow Jackets won 2 of three games in Georgia, have split with Gulfport and defeated Harrison Central, beating the Admirals and Red Rebels for the first time in school history.