C.J. Charleston takes a baseline jumper against Archbishop Hoban back in January.
On Tuesday March 7th, the season came to an end for Gilmour Academy after a 71-61 defeat at the hands of Warrensville Heights in the Division 3 district semifinals at Garfield Heights.
The team reached just the sectional finals a year ago and have shown the ability to compete against the area's best despite battling untimely injuries throughout the season.
One thing Lancers fans can be excited about is the one-two punch of sophomore C.J. Charleston and junior Dechlan Kirincic. The duo combined for 42 points and 15 rebounds against Warrensville and were a slow start away from changing the outcome of the game.
Charleston took over command as the team's full-time point guard after a season ending shoulder injury to senior Jackson Clark. At 5'10, Charleston is a fast twitch guard with unmatched speed and burst to the rim.
Known for his athleticism on both the hardwood and gridiron, Charleston's basketball IQ has taken major strides in what was surely a learning year for the underclassmen guard. He has intentions on touring with OBC's 16U team and there's no question that his explosive step and motor will draw some Division One interest on the circuit.
Kirincic earned an Honorable Mention spot on our Breakout Juniors list last month and his play down the stretch of the season proved why he was considered.
The blooming big man has displayed an improved motor and has displayed an intriguing skillset at the power forward spot. With his size, Kirincic has a solid pivot and is able to step out behind the arc and stretch the floor.
Dechlan accredited the jump he has made in his junior season to work with his skill and development trainer both during the offseason and occasionally throughout the season as well.