2018-19 All-Valley Boys Basketball Team named

Published 9:04 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019

GREATER VALLEY AREA — This season marked the beginning of a new era for boys basketball locally.

Lanett played its first season post-Emmanuel Littles, Anquavious Pollard and Terrion Truitt. LaFayette’s young corps became upperclassmen, and the majority of Valley’s key players were underclassmen. 2018-19 All-Valley Boys Basketball Player of the Year Payton Allen led Chambers Academy to the AISA  A state championship game as well.

Listed below is the full 2018-19 All-Valley Girls Basketball Team:

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First team

Corey Boston, LaFayette

Boston stayed in LaFayette’s gym until his head coach Obadiah Threadgill locked the gym after every home game this season. The 5-foot-11 guard brought out the shooting machine, going through different drills and moves that he could add to his arsenal. Boston usually brought a few teammates with him each night, even sophomore Feliah Greer from the girls’ team.

The drills and extra reps paid off for Boston, who averaged four more points this season as the leader of the 28-5 Bulldogs. The junior averaged 17 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game.

Matavais Burton, LaFayette

Burton was the second-leading scorer for the Bulldogs this season, averaging 12 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game. The junior guard’s calm demeanor helped LaFayette get comeback victories like the 58-55 road win at 6A Opelika on Dec. 14.

Dee Dobbs, Lanett

The 6-foot-7 forward’s game resembled one more of a college wing player as opposed to the traditional 6-foot-7 high school post player. Dobbs finished his senior season by averaging the double-double of 11.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Panthers.

Kintavious Dozier, Valley

One half of Valley’s underclassmen backcourt this season, Dozier led the Rams in scoring with averages of 12.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Lonzie Portis, Beulah

The senior guard finished the season averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals per game. The sharpshooting Portis was Beulah’s primary ball handler and scorer.

Second team

Jayshon Burton, Lanett

Burton was one of the more consistent Panthers this season, averaging 9.1 points and 8 rebounds per game. The senior led Lanett in scoring with 21 points in the area tournament championship win over Wadley.

Jacquez Trammell, Valley

The high-flying sophomore shifted the momentum on both sides of the ball for the Rams. In the midst of a 21-point fourth quarter comeback attempt at Troup County, Trammell threw down an emphatic dunk to energize the Rams. Valley’s comeback attempt fell short in the 53-49 loss to the Tigers.

Trammell finished his sophomore season averaging 9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a steal per game.

Austin Sluder, Chambers Academy

The Beulah transfer finished his senior season averaging 10.37 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for the state runner-up Rebels.

Kristian Story, Lanett

Story stepped up into a starting role for the Panthers this season, averaging 9.5 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds per game. The junior was also a solid player defensively for Lanett in what was presumably his final season of high school basketball. The multi-sport athlete is expected to graduate early next fall in order to enroll early in spring 2020 at a college football program.

Coleman Hull, Springwood School

Hull led the Wildcats in a season where Springwood saw a complete turnaround with the departure of its entire 2017-18 starting lineup. Hull averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds this past season.

Honorable mention:

Tykerious Williams, Beulah

Quatavious Seroyer, Beulah

Raphe Daniel, Chambers

Colton Hand, Chambers

Markevious Moore, LaFayette