A new era of Holy Spirit boys's basketball got underway on Monday night with new head coach Kyle Dhyne patrolling the sidelines.

Dhyne who has been a longtime assistant, replaced Jamie Gillespie, who was not retained, captured his first win, a 54-44 road win over Hammonton.

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"I was proud of our kid's effort," Dhyne said. "They played hard. Hammonton did a nice job answering our runs with a run. But our kids would always answer right back. Somebody would step up and make a play. It was a total team effort."

While it was a team effort, junior Ky Gilliam, led the way with 19 points for the Spartans.

"It felt great," said Gilliam. " They kept coming back and I felt like I needed to step up. We wanted to get our first win of the season and get our new coach his first win."

Williams is one of four juniors that return to the Spartans. Fellow juniors Jahmir Smith and Jamil Wilkins also helped, combining for 20 points in the victory.

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The Absecon school returns a talented bunch and are coming off 10-5 season, and could be one of the top teams in the always competitive Cape-Atlantic League.

The Spartans are back at it on Wednesday night in Hammonton, taking on a very good St. Joe's Academy team.

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