Monday, January 14, 2013
The Green Wave boys entered their first holiday tournament of the season with guns blazing but had to settle for runner-up honors.
Summerville’s top guns posted double-digit scoring throughout the Shootout by the Sea basketball tournament at North Myrtle Beach High School last week. Brandon Wilkerson scored 62 points in three games while John Jenkins scored 49. Both were named to the All-tournament team.
However, North Myrtle Beach had some pretty good shooters of its own and defeated Summerville 56-49 in the championship game.
“We played really well and beat a good 6-1 team out of Wilmington, North Carolina as well as a great 10-1 team out of Birmingham, Alabama,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “We just ran out of gas the third day and it is always tough to beat the host school in tournament title game.”
It wasn’t just Summerville’s dynamic duo that had the hot hand. Christian Kalacanic contributed 34 points to the Wave’s second-place effort and Timmy Singleton chipped in 22 points.
Summerville opened the tournament with a 79-76 victory over North Carolina’s North Brunswick High. The Wave jumped out to a 38-31 lead in the first half and then held off a rally. Wilkerson produced 29 of Summerville’s points in the game.
The next day, Summerville earned a 59-57 victory over Alabama’s Center Point High. Jenkins had his best game of the tournament, scoring 19. The Wave entered the second half with a 31-29 lead and then matched Center Point’s 28 points in the second.
In the title game, the teams entered the second half tied. North Myrtle Beach then went on a 10-3 run to gain momentum, but Summerville answered by scoring 11 straight points for a three-point lead.
Then the host team’s shooters got hot to take the wind out of Summerville’s sails.
“We were 11-of-17 shooting in the first half, but we turned the ball over 11 times,” Elliott said. “In the second half, we only turned the ball over two times, but we shot 28 percent. They hit eight three-pointers in the game while we only hit two and that made a big difference.”
Jenkins and Wilkerson provided the Summerville bombs while John Lindsey and Matt Lindsey combined for seven of North Myrtle Beach’s three-point buckets.
This week, Summerville is competing in the Rotary Roundball Classic at North Charleston High. Elliott says the experience his team received in its first tournament should help its chances in the Roundball.
“Our kids are disappointed they didn’t win the championship and I think we are a good enough team to win that tournament,” Elliott said. “But we are happy about the two wins. We beat a very athletic Alabama team and all the teams we faced had good guards so that experience should pay off for us down the road.”
Summerville entered this week with a 7-2 record.