North Oconee High School junior Dylan Garrington has been knocking on the door of a breakout scoring performance for nearly three years.
The door has been cracked. He’s even took a few steps inside the front door and has had big games during his career at NOHS.
Garrington has always felt the big one was still out there. Anyone who has followed the Titans the last three years have seen glimpses in the flashy passes and the long ranged three-point shots that Garrington launches with ease on the regular.
Friday night provided Garrington with the game was waiting for, the one he knew he was capable of having.
Garrington scored 35 points in the Titans’ win over Pierce County High School in their first game of Classic City Clash. Garrington put up 22 points the next day in a double-overtime win over Northview High School.
“I’ve been waiting since the start of the season (for a game like Friday’s),” Garrington said. “I know I’m capable of doing that and I guess tonight was the night.”
Garrington felt it from the start as he quickly poured in 24 points in the first half of the game. Garrington was ready to get back on the court after a six-day layoff from games for Christmas.
“I was ready to play again because my love is basketball,” Garrington said. “If I could play a game everyday, I would. It was good to be back out there and get a win.”
His performance has made Garrington this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
In his three seasons as a starter Garrington has always seen himself as a leader in the Titans’ locker room. He’s had to earn his stripes like everyone else and as a junior he feels the leadership and confidence he has always had is now at the forefront.
“Now that I’m an upperclassmen, I’m a leader on the team,” Garrington said. “When I was younger it was hard being a leader on the team because there were a lot of kids who were older than me. Now that I’m a junior, I’m able to lead the team with more confidence.”
When someone believes in a leader, they encourage them. Garrington has had his nights were his shots didn’t go in right away. It’s been his teammates and first-year head coach Rick Rassmussen urging him to keep shooting until a big night like Friday happened.
“My teammates and coaches really push me everyday in practice,” Garrington said. “When we get to games they’re always pushing me to keep shooting even if I’m not hitting because they know I can catch fire like that.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can be reached at www.oconeept.com