Indians get ‘B.B.’ back for showdown at Seaford
The Indian River High School boys’ basketball team got senior forward Jaevon “B.B.” Holland back last Thursday for their Henlopen South matchup at Seaford, but they were still forced to run with short rotations, without starting point guard Brian Arthur. Holland made a significant impact, but fatigue still played a factor in the Indians’ 107-97 overtime loss.
“He had a good game. He got the rust off quick and early, which was good — we needed him to,” said head coach Mike Fabber after the game. “All in all, he played a ‘B.B.-like’ game. He’s going to have to do that for us.”
Holland tallied an impressive 28 points in his regular-season debut, but more importantly stepped up for the Indians defensively with 12 rebounds, eight blocks and seven steals.
“He brought more energy to the team,” said junior guard Kei Juan Major of Holland’s return. “He motivates us.”
Behind Major and Holland, the Indians lead a tough Seaford team for the majority of the game, with Major hitting a key buzzer-beater before halftime to put them up 45-41. The Blue Jays would eventually tie the game at 70, and the game would then go back and forth until the final minute, eventually ending in a 90-90 tie after four quarters.
In overtime, the Indians’ fatigue began show, without Arthur in the rotation.
“Brian’s the kind of point guard that can get inside the paint and score a lot,” said Holland of Arthur’s absence. “He motivates us. He can do it all. Without him — it hurts us.”
“He has a lower back injury. He’s day-to-day,” explained Fabber. “He may not return this month, but — next man up.”
The loss dropped the Indians back down to .500 on the season, at 1-1 headed into the Governor’s Challenge Tournament this weekend.
“We could commit less turnovers, fight a little harder, play better defense and just play our game,” said Holland of what the team will need to focus on in the upcoming tournament.
Major will be competing in the three-point competition at the tournament, while Holland is currently listed an alternate for the slam dunk contest.
“You know, I can’t let you know that,” Holland said with a laugh when asked what kind of dunks he’s been working on.
The Indians will face Great Mills on Friday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m., and Colonel Richardson High School on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. Both games will be played at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury.