When Palmetto Ridge's Javion Morgan is on, "you can't stop him," Bears head coach Steve Crowder said.
That was indeed the case this week for the senior swingman, as he led the Bears to a perfect 3-0 week that included wins over rival Gulf Coast and Lely.
"He just keeps getting better and better," Crowder said. "He is our leading scorer and he's usually guarding the other team's best player.
During that stretch, Morgan scored 57 total points while averaging over six rebounds and four assists a game.
Both Morgan and Crowder agree that the gaudy numbers on offense are a direct result of the team's improved defense.
"There are times when I need a stop, I need a steal, and it seems like he is always there. He gets his hands on everything and when you need him to score he does that too," Crowder said.
"Coach told me that my role is on defense so I've tried to step it up," Morgan said."If we have good defense, it leads to offense."
"To me, he's the best defender I've ever coached. He's long and laterally quick," Crowder said. "He just keeps going and going and going. He plays 100 percent, 100 percent of the time so I never have to worry about his effort."
A big reason for Morgan's success this season has been his knack for being around the ball, an attribute he says is a result of his play as a free safety on the school's football team.
"In football, I was a ballhawk and I tried to keep everything in front of me and see everything," Morgan said. "I think that has helped me (on the basketball court.)"
"Wherever the ball is, he is right there," Crowder added.
And now that the entire team has bought into Crowder's defense-first philosophy, Morgan hopes the team's recent chemistry will mean continued success.
"With this current winning streak, we've shown other teams not to sleep on Palmetto Ridge," he said. "We're looking to make a run in the district."
Ralph Coleman, St. John Neumann basketball — Notched back-to-back double-doubles, including 20 points and 16 rebounds against Seacrest.
Theo Curto, Palmetto Ridge wrestling — Went undefeated to win the 152-pound division at the Collier County Athletic Conference meet as the Bears won the team title.
Nick Guerriero, Naples basketball — Totaled 58 points in three games for the Golden Eagles last week.
Garrett Maze, Golden Gate basketball — Scored 20 points each in victories over Lehigh and Barron Collier.