Jordan Purnell and Jamal Davis started playing organized basketball together on the Amateur Athletes Union (AAU) circuit as seventh graders.
Now as senior leaders and the start guard combo for the Brandywine High School boys basketball team, Jordan and Jamal hope to get the Bulldogs to at least the start quarterfinals of the DIAA state tournament, which begins in exactly one month.
Purnell and Davis combine for 22 points per game, roughly half of the Bulldogs’ team average, and are a main reason the team is 8-4 and in the hunt for a state tournament appearance.
The Community News spoke with Jordan and Jamal recently to talk about their season so far.
Q What has been the key to your success in your opinion so faar this eason?
Jamal Teamwork and being patient on defense because we know that wins games.
Q You guys started the season 7-0, but have hit a rough patch recently, losing four of five. What was that fast start like for you and what do you hope to do to get back on track?
Jordan We communicated on defense but after that, we kinda died down and forget what we’re about as a team, but all we have to do is go back to that - communicating on defense.
Jamal I think we let that start get to our heads a little bit, but we just need to play together as a team.
Q You guys seem to work very well together, how big of a part is that in how well this team plays?
Jordan It plays a big role. Jamal and I have been playing together since 7th grade in AAU ball and the rest of the team feeds off of our energy.
Jamal It’s important because it’s up to us to be leaders out there.
Q Where do you both see the season ending up for this team?
Jamal Our main goal is to get to the Bob and after that, win the state championship.
Jordan We want to win a state championship.
Q What do you guys like about Brandywine High School outside of basketball?
Jamal The teachers, the cheerleaders, everybody is just one big family here.
Jordan It’s a great community here. The teachers care about you, everybody supports each other, we have the principal coming to our games and our student section, The Dog Pound, they’re great.
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