It’s now an annual ritual for Orange basketbal coach Greg Motley to schedule a full slate, only to have it delayed due to the Panther football team making a deep run in the state playoffs. That will be the case again this year.
The hardwood Panthers were supposed to start its season on Thursday night at home against Northern Durham. That game has been postponed, along with several others. The Orange boys team is now scheduled to starts its season on December 3rd in Raleigh against Sanderson.
However, the Orange girls team will play on Thursday against Northern at home.
While the season hasn’t started yet, Motley already has had to deal with a major setback. To be exact, it happened on September 23rd, when point guard Eryk Brandon-Dean suffered a torn ACL playing football against Southern Durham.
That injury not only ended Brandon-Dean’s football season, but his basketball season, as well. Brandon-Dean has been Orange’s starting point guard for the past two years, often being the centerpiece of a high octane offense that was among the highest scoring in the Big 8 Confernece.
Now, Orange will have to adjust.
Coach Motley discusses the changes and the preparations for the season opener in the video below.