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home : sports : local sports April 16, 2014



1/12/2013 4:55:00 AM
Defensive Stopper
Abercrombie thriving on defense for Vikings
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Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer


GREENWOOD, SC – For most young basketball players, offense is their focus, where many have become consumed with the jump shot and slam dunk.

Emerald Vikings’ senior guard Osharmar Abercrombie isn’t one of those players. Abercrombie’s play on  defense has been integral in the Vikings’ 11-4 start to the 2013 season.

“Osharmar (Abercrombie) lets his offense come to him when given the opportunity,” Emerald head coach Mark Sorrow said. “He makes his mark on defense though. If there is a guy that really has it going, then he (Abercrombie) is usually the guy we call on to try and stop him.”

Abercrombie, who was a North-South All-Star game participant after starting at running back for the Vikings the past four years, explained that playing well on defense is his niche on the team without a doubt.

“I know that’s my job on the team,” Abercrombie said. “We have a lot of guys that can score so I just come ready to play defense every day.”

After getting back into what he called “basketball shape,” Abercombie explained that he has found a sense of pride in the role of defensive ace for the Vikings.

“I definitely take pride in it,” Abercrombie said. “It shows that my coaches and teammates have faith in me to be able to do a good job on defense.”

As the Vikings approach postseason play, Sorrow explained that Abercombie’s continued stellar defensive effort will be key when discussing the future of his team.

“It’s definitely great to have someone like him (Abercrombie),” Sorrow said. “He has thrived in that role of being a defensive stopper for us. When the other team has a last second shot, Osharmar (Abercrombie) wants to be the guy defending it, and it’s great to have someone like him to turn to in those situations.”



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: True Ballers BA

The word I'd use to describe this young man is "RELENTLESS". Oshamar, although you've never played for True Ballers, I've admired your "game" for years. Not many players AT ANY LEVEL are willing to accept the role of defensive stopper for their team. It's not "cool" or glamorous..but those of us with experience know that value of a guy like you, and I'm glad that you're being recognized for your hard nosed approach to the game. you're an excellent athlete and no doubt you'll be successful in your true sport (saw you play football, too- all I could do was shake my head -WOW!!)...but you're a very solid basketball player! Congratulations on being recognized for your contributions.



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