North Buncombe’s new basketball court features some snazzy graphics and has maintained its gloss after being installed over the summer.
The boys team that practiced on the floor Monday afternoon has been pretty impressive, too.
In fact, the Black Hawks (4-0) are off to their best start yet under third-year coach Joey Bryson.
“People know who we are, our names are getting out there,” junior Daniel Burchette said.
“That’s the kind of team we want to be. But we’re not going to get satisfied with it either.”
Burchette is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a sophomore. He was selected to the All-Mountain Athletic Conference and Citizen-Times All-WNC teams.
Burchette is one of four returning starters from last season’s 9-16 team — Josh Chandler, Kevin Church and Max Ramsey are the others.
A pair of transfers from Mountain Heritage, brothers Brennan and Jackson Hockaday, have fit in seamlessly.
“Experience has really helped this team a lot,” Burchette said. “Everyone is unselfish and cares more about the team than themselves.”
“We’ve been successful (so far), but we’re staying hungry,” Chandler added.
North Buncombe has won each of its four games by double-digits, and the Black Hawks’ balance was on full display in Friday’s 74-56 win at Madison.
Burchette (17), Brennan Hockaday (16 points), Andrew Garrett (14) and Jackson Hockaday (12) scored in double figures.
Burchette, Chandler and Brennan Hockaday each pulled down four rebounds and Church made four steals. Church also dished out five assists, which was two less than Burchette’s seven.
“The chemistry is so great with this team,” Bryson said.
“Right now, there are a lot of different kids stepping up each night, and that’s what makes this group such a joy to coach. We’ve taken some beatings the past few years, but these kids have grown up and matured. And now maybe it’s our turn to be on the other end of things.”
North Buncombe’s next game is Wednesday at Brevard.