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Camden’s Council named first-team All-Peach Belt Conference guard

Posted: March 1, 2012 2:04 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2012 5:00 a.m.

STERLING COUNCIL HOPES to add more laurels to his resume before his USC Aiken career is over.

AUGUSTA, Ga. --  Camden’s Sterling Council, a guard at the University of South Carolina Aiken, was named to the Peach Belt Conference first-team basketball squad.
The announcement of the post-season honors was made from the league office on Tuesday. The 2011-12 All-Conference team was selected by the league’s head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The Pacers won the league’s regular-season championship and will take the number one seed into the circuit’s post-season which opens tonight.
Council was named first team All-Conference while University of South Carolina Aiken head coach Vince Alexander was dubbed the league’s Coach of the Year.
Council is leading the Pacers in his senior season with 11.7 points per game. Council averaged 12.1 points per game in league play.
An All-State selection his senior season at Camden High (2007-08), Council is also averaging 2.9 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game entering the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
Council is currently leading the Peach Belt Conference and is fourth in the country with a 91.4 free throw shooting percentage. The Pacers’ point guard hit 92.2 percent of his free throws during conference play. Earlier this season, he set the Peach Belt Conference record for consecutive free throws made with 51.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Council has scored in double figures 17 times in the 2011-12 season.  In USC Aiken’s thrilling 105-98 double overtime win over Francis Marion on Feb. 22, Council ended his evening having scored a career-high 33 points. In that same game, his former Camden High teammate, Evrik Gary, scored 19points for the Patriots.
Alexander has now claimed Coach of the Year accolades in two of the last five years. He was also tabbed as the league’s Coach of the Year in the 2007-08 season.
Alexander has turned the Pacer men’s basketball program into a national power over the course of the last five seasons.
Alexander, who picked up his 200th career victory earlier this season, has guided the Pacers to a 124-83 mark in his seven years in charge of the Pacer men’s basketball program. Alexander is 213-157 all-time as a head coach entering the conference tournament.
Alexander guided the 2008-09 Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball team farther than any other squad in program history, as the Pacers reached the NCAA Division II “Sweet Sixteen.” One year later in the 2009-10 season, USC Aiken claimed the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship.
This season, USC Aiken has already claimed the Peach Belt Conference regular-season crown. The Pacers were a perfect 14-0 at home during the 2011-12 regular season.
The Pacers will play PBC West No. 4 Clayton State at 5 p.m. in tonight’s conference tournament opener in Columbus, Ga.


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