The Dublin boys basketball team might not be able to keep up the pace it has set in its first four games for the entire season.
But the Irish are certainly going to enjoy it while they do.
Dublin is off to a 3-1 start in head coach Paul Williams’ first season with the program. And the Irish are averaging more than 100 points and more than 10 3-pointers per game.
“I’m surprised we’re putting up that many points,” Williams said. “I thought we’d be able to score some points because we have some players who can shoot the ball, but I didn’t think we’d be able to get off to a start like this because I thought it would take some time to get used to the system.
“I’m not sure we can keep this going, but I hope we can. It’s been unreal, so we’re going to try our best to keep it going.”
Williams’ team showed what it could do this summer, winning more than 60 games in camps and playing in adult leagues, and he said the team averaged 83 points per game in those games.
Williams has molded his up-tempo system to the talent on the Irish’s roster. The system helped lead West Laurens to a state title in the 2003-04 season, and Williams said that team averaged more than 93 points per game.
“I think it’s a combination of things,” Williams said. “It’s a little bit of everything. It’s the system and what we’re trying to do. It’s up-tempo, and we like to play fast and shoot a lot of 3-pointers. But it’s also the players and how they fit into the system, and we have some good players.”
The Irish have displayed that talent so far this season. Seven players, led by Trey Rozier at 26 points per game, are averaging in double figures. Odell Anderson (20), Malcolm Lawrence (15), Marcus Brown (14), Dalvin Ashley (12) and Quinton Isaac, Jacori Payne and Cedrick O’Neal (all at 10) are the others.
“It’s a fun offense, for sure,” said Rozier, who is a senior. “They just let us go out there and play, and that’s a lot of fun. They let us run and leave everything out there, and there are no worries. Just go play.”
That freedom has worked. The Irish are averaging 103 points per game, and they have hit 57 3-pointers. They will take part in the Bear Brawl this weekend.
“As a basketball player, I’d look at a team like ours and think, ‘Man, they can really shoot,’ and that would probably be frustrating,” Rozier said. “It’s probably hard for the other teams to get used to our system, but it’s exciting for us, and it’s a lot of fun.”