Green Wave boys top Wildcats in overtime thriller

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Green Wave point guard Timmy Singleton sizes up the West Ashley defense Wednesday.

It took four overtime periods, but the Green Wave boys earned a win in West Ashley Wednesday.

Summerville, ranked seventh among Class AAAA teams in the state, held off a gutsy performance by the Wildcats to earn an 80-76 victory. The teams ended regulation tied at 57 and then battled to a 66-all stalemate before Summerville pulled away in the fourth overtime period.

“We were running out of plays,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “There was a great effort from both teams. It is sad someone has to lose this kind of game, but we’ll take a win like this on the road. We did a good job executing our out-of-bounds underplays but West Ashley just wouldn’t go away. Often times the games I remember are the ones we lose but I’m going to remember this win for some time.”

Point guard Timmy Singleton led the Green Wave attack in OT, hitting two of Summerville’s nine field goals in extra minutes and making assists on six others.

“I was just looking for the open man,” Singleton said. “We were determined to win and had great effort from everyone tonight.”

West Ashley’s Kevin Sobiesuo hit a three-point shot and two free throws in the first overtime period, but Singleton matched his 3 and hit an inside shot to force the second overtime.

Singleton drove the lane early in the next period and then kicked the ball back to Tyler Palmer at the top of the key and Palmer hit a shot from behind the arc for a 60-57 Summerville lead. West Ashley’s P.J. Manigault and Summerville’s Xavier Robinson matched shots, but then West Ashley hit a 3 to tie the game again.

West Ashley had a 3-0 start to the third overtime period, but Singleton passed to Malcolm Holland who scored down low to cut the lead to one. Sobiesuo hit a free throw to take the lead back to 2 and then Summerville nearly ran out of time.

With less than a second showing on the clock, Singleton sent an inbound pass to Christian Kalacanic under the West Ashley goal and the center got a shot off just before the buzzer for a 66-66 score.

The final period started similarly to the way the third overtime ended, with Singleton passing to Kalacanic for a quick inside shot. The Green Wave then made a block on the other end of the court and John Jenkins grabbed the ball and drove up court to score and give Summerville a four-point lead.

Free throws then became crucial. Kawuan Cox, who came off the bench after Xavier Robinson fouled out, hit two free throws and then blocked a shot on the other end of the court. After West Ashley missed its next shot, Kalacanic grabbed a rebound and was fouled. He hit a pair of free throws for a 74-69 Green Wave lead.

West Ashley kept fighting, but Summerville got a bucket from Tyler Palmer and three free throws from Jenkins to add to its lead. West Ashley’s B.J. Coakley hit a long 3 just before the buzzer but that only cut the Summerville lead down to 4.

Jenkins finished with 20 points to lead the Summerville scorers. Singleton added 18 points while Kalacanic finished with 17 and Palmer with 11.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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