Big Lake Athlete of the Week: J-Quan Ferrol

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee High School senior J-Quan Ferrol is this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for his performance with the Brahman varsity basketball team throughout January and late December.

J-Quan Ferrol had 15 points and five rebounds in the Brahmans game against the Heritage Panthers. Lake Okeechobee News/Richard Marion.

Ferrol had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-90 Brahman win over Martin County on Jan. 12, otherwise known as a double double, and six steals in a 79-61 Brahman win over Venice on Dec. 29.

Ferrol also had 12 points and 7 rebounds in a rare 71-63 Brahman loss to Port Charlotte on Dec. 29.

Overall the Brahman varsity basketball team has been able to overcome the loss of head coach Demitre Riles who stepped down mid-season and rally with a 13-3 record with six games remaining in their season. Riles stepped down from coaching the Brahmans to be with his wife as she battles cancer. Former boys JV coach Raymond Collins has now stepped in to fulfill coaching duties for the team.

Ferrol, along with fellow senior and past Athlete of the Week winner Jemal Davis, were crucial in maintaining the high level of play and consistency during the team’s transition between coaches.

Against the Heritage Panthers under interim coach Kenny Buckner, Ferrol had 15 points and five rebounds in a dominating 73-53 Brahman win.

Ferrol currently leads the Brahmans in scoring for the year and is also second in total rebounds and blocks for the team behind Davis.

As the Brahmans head into their last stretch of games, Ferrol will be counted on to help the promising team make another playoff run. Last year the Brahmans were stunned in the playoffs by district rival Jensen Beach 45-44, and you get the feeling the Okeechobee players have had their Feb. 1 rematch with Jensen circled on their calenders all year.

But before that match-up against Jensen Ferrol and the Brahmans will have two homes games with the first coming against the 12-7 Westwood Panthers on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and then the 1-12 Lake Placid Dragons on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

Richard Marion is a staff writer and photographer at Lake Okeechobee News and can be reached at rmarion@newszap.com.

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