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Athens hoops off to best start in school history

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"Right now is just a good time in Athens basketball," head coach Gerald Anthony said.

At 22 and 1, the Hornets are off to the best start in school history. But they feel there is more to accomplish.

"We got to keep going after it, " Josh Garrett said. "We have to come out with intensity, and keep pushing. Its good that we are getting attention and all that, but we can't let that get to our head." Courtland Lyons added, "This isn't really nothing. We still have playoffs. We can win all the rest of our games and then lose."

Every team needs a true leader and for Athens its Anthony Sanders. The best part is, he doesn't shy away from his role.

"I'm confident in myself because I have the most experience, and I'm the leader of this team," Sanders said. "I've been here since I was a freshman." Coach Anthony added, "He leaves the game on his elbow, because he is going to dive for balls, he just plays hard."

Sanders also scores. He averages nearly 30 points per game and when he's hot, look out.

"If I have just a little bit of space, I'm going to knock the shot down," Sanders said. Garrett added, "When he's in the zone, then find him and he is going to hit the 3." "If we need a shot, we are going to get him the ball because he going to hit it regardless of who is holding him, " Lyons said. Coach Anthony finished by saying, "He's the rain maker."

At the end of the day, winning is the only thing that matters to Sanders and his team. How many points he puts up may help Athens be victorious, but putting a 'w' in the win column is goal number one.

He knows what his job is. It is to shoot the ball, play tough defense, and get the other guys involved in the game," coach Anthony said. Sanders added, "We are just focused on getting the win and going to get that ring. That means more exposure."

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