GREENWOOD, SC – When discussing why he played so well with Emerald point guard Mill Hackett, shooting guard Stan Hackett’s response was simple:
“I’ve been playing with him my whole life,” Hackett said.
Rightfully so, as Mill and Stan just so happen to be brothers, helping lead the Emerald Vikings to a 4-0 start to the 2012 season. According to Mill, playing with his brother makes his job as a point guard much easier.
“A lot of times, I feel like I know where he’s going to be,” Hackett said. “I know that if I get in the lane and find him, he’s a good shooter and will knock down shots.”
According to Emerald Head Coach Mark Sorrow, both play significant roles within the Viking’s offense.
“They both have played for me at the JV level and now at the Varsity level,” Emerald Head Coach Mark Sorrow said. “Mill (Hackett) plays the point and does a good job finding others around him. Stan (Hackett) plays the wing and can also go down in the post if we need him to.”
Stan, who scored a career high 29 points in Emerald’s 71-68 win over cross-town rival Greenwood, followed with a 24 point outing against Abbeville. According to the Vikings’ shooting guard, much of that success can be contributed to his comfort level playing alongside his brother, Mill.
“He is a really good defender and ball handler,” Hackett said. “He’s a good passer and I feel like I know what he’s going to do on the court a lot of times. It helps me play well with him.”
While Stan Hackett’s offensive performance throughout the early portion of the season has helped spark the Vikings’ unblemished record through four games, the backcourt duo agree that there is one common denominator as their team hopes to continue their hot start.
“Defense,” Mill Hackett said. “If we play defense, everything else will take care of itself.”
After winning their first four contests, the Vikings will travel across town to play the Greenwood Eagles Thursday night, hoping to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Hackett brothers’ continued success will be essential as the Vikings move forward in the 2012 season. Tipoff is set for 7:30 at Greenwood High School.
“They have played a whole lot of ball together,” Sorrow said. “There is a comfort level there between them. They know what each other are going to do, they know how the other one plays the game, and that comfort level has translated into their performance so far this season.”