MEDFORD-- Dylan and Connor Deveney embrace the spotlight.
The brothers on the Shawnee basketball also enjoy competition between themselves on and off the court.
The Deveneys were involved in what looked like a game of H.O.R.S.E. from three-point range as the Renegades pulled away from Atlantic City to win their second straight South Jersey Group 4 championship, 61-48.
Dylan Deveney, a senior, led the Renegades with 23 points in his final home game, while Connor, a junior, scored 14.
“We always have confidence,” Dylan said. “Us as shooters we think every shot is going in and that’s how we play. We shoot them from far sometimes and hope they go in and we think they’re going in every time so that’s how we play.”
During the third quarter, the Deveney brothers combined for 14 of the team’s 16 points on a quartet of three-point shots, two from each brother.
“Both of us like to step up in those types of moments and these types of games,” Connor said. “It’s what we do and we’re very comfortable in that situation.”
Off the court, the brothers carry the same competitive drive that fuels them on the court.
“We actually talk about it a lot,” Dylan said. “We’re always competitive with each other and out shoot each other and play better than each other and that helps us on the court.”
For the Shawnee seniors, a group that includes Dylan, Dean Noll and Daevon Robinson, the victory was a culmination of a terrific career in Medford.
“I love this team,” Shawnee head coach Joe Kessler said. “Three of them started as sophomores, some of them started as freshmen, They were all starters last year on the team that went to the state finals. Missing two starters from last year’s team hurts, but the other guys filled in and those three guys just picked it up to the next notch and carried us all year.”
Shawnee’s next step is the state Group 4 semifinal against Trenton at Egg Harbor Township on Wednesday, a game that’s one step closer to a Group 4 final return.
“Our goal this year was to get back to the RAC,” Connor Deveney said. “It makes us one step closer and it feels really good.”