Last night, the Eagles of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee took down Charlotte Christian to advance to the third round of the NCISAA 4A playoffs. There’s no doubting that this team is talented, so why aren’t they being talked about more as an under-the-radar squad? Although they’ve already secured quality victories against Christ School, Asheville Christian, and Carolina Day, one could truly argue that their last two games—wins against Metrolina Christian and Charlotte Christian—were the most impressive of the entire season. Is Rabun Gap beginning to turn the corner?
Although seniors like Avery Rivera, Solomon King, John Bonney, and Martin Vukotic have played big roles on this team, their roster is relatively young going forward. However, outside of King and Rivera, this squad is largely led by a gritty mix of juniors. Ricadas Butkus, N’Fari Benjamin, John Tastinger II make up the junior core that should ultimately be the major pieces on next year’s team.
This group defends hard and covers the entirety of the court with their press-friendly composition. Offensively, they are a big proponent of the drive-and-kick style, as it highlights their ability to penetrate and knock down perimeter jumpers across the board. This group works extremely well together and has a balanced scoring attack as a result. It would be an incredible upset if they were to defeat Greensboro Day in the third round but with back-to-back strong wins under their belt, there’s no telling what could happen.