Emotional Huntington boys advance to Final Four on day after teammate was shot and killed
A day after Huntington junior basketball player Devin Myers was fatally shot, his teammates had to figure out how to get ready for an LHSAA Class 4A playoff game against Beau Chene.
There were tears during and after the game, but Huntington did well enough to advance to next week's Final Four with a 69-55 victory on an emotional night for the Raiders' players, coaches and fans.
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“Forever for 30. That’s all I’m saying. Forever for 30,” said DeCedric Webb, Myer’s cousin, noting his jersey number after scoring a game-high 20 points. Webb pointed toward the sky following big plays on both ends of the court.
The Raiders advance to play No. 1 Carver noon Wednesday in Lake Charles.
Raiders coach Mack Jones was tasked with becoming a grief counselor while trying to hold together the emotions of his talented team.
“A lot of guys were crying in the third quarter and it was tough to channel that emotion while the game was still going on,” Jones said. “I told the guys that God will see us through it. He doesn’t put things on people they can’t bear.”
The willingness of the Raiders to fill the hole left by Myers, a starter and key defensive performer, was symbolized by Kameron Evans.
“Kam Evans hadn’t played a game all year, but he and Devin were good friends,” Jones said. “He said, ‘Coach, I want to do it for Devin.’ He gave us some big minutes tonight. He was out of shape, but the minutes he gave us were tremendous down the stretch.”
Fans lingered in the stands long after the contest and dozens were still waiting outside the doors wanting to be a part of the experience. There was little doubt that Myers’ number was 30. It was emblazoned on T shirts, hand drawn posters, enlarged photos and banners. Webb temporarily wore jersey number 30 during the pregame before taking it off.
“We gonna win it," Webb said. "We gonna win it all for 30. Everything for 30.”
Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.