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VHHS basketball coach, players earn state awards
March 22, 2017
Members of the Vestavia Hills High School boys’ basketball team are receiving state recognition after a breakout season.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) last week announced that it had chosen first-year Rebels coach Patrick Davis as the 7A Coach of the Year.
In addition, Rebel guard Mac Smith was named to the ASWA 7A All-State third team. Smith was also named to the All-Tournament Team after the Rebels’ run in March to the final four in Birmingham.
Point guard Scott Morrison was named Most Valuable Player of the regional tournament in Hanceville, where the Rebels defeated Hoover 58-47 to claim the regional title.
Smith, Morrison and Rebel guard Mitchell Langley were also named to the Over the Mountain Journal’s All-OTM Team, and Davis was selected as the Journal’s OTM Coach of the Year.
The awards follow a season in which the Rebels finished with a 19-15 record and an appearance in the state semifinals at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. Davis said Tuesday that the awards reflected on the effort of his entire team and staff.
“It’s a testament to the work this entire group put in every day. We had 15 guys who cared more about the team being successful than any individual self-interest. That’s what got us to where we were this season,” Davis said.
Davis said the support the team received in their semifinal game against Auburn was one of the more memorable moments of the season.
“When we took the floor and saw a sea of Vestavia fans and the entire community pouring in their support, that was pretty special. I told our kids to look up and take it all in, remember it and enjoy it,” he said.
The Rebels expect 8 varsity players to return next season, according to Davis. “I’m really excited about the group we’ve got coming back and having another year to build on our system with them,” he said. “We’re going to continue to put team before self, and amazing things can happen when we have teams that buy into that.”