Green Wave boys claim third straight region title
The Green Wave boys’ basketball team clinched its third consecutive Region 8-AAAA championship Tuesday with a 67-55 win over Ashley Ridge.
Summerville improved its record to 18-5 with an 8-1 mark in the region while Ashley Ridge dropped to 12-10, 3-6.
“We really overachieved this year,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “Our kids are doing a great job and we are proud of them. We are happy for our seniors. I don’t ever remember Summerville winning three region championships in a row so that is something those kids can be proud of; it’s their legacy.”
But Elliott says everyone on the team deserves credit for the 18-5 run.
“We have 10 guys and they all accept their role,” the coach said. “It is easy to come to practice everyday when you are a starter, but more difficult knowing you have limited minutes. Malcolm Holland, Tyler Palmer, Xavier Robinson, Kelvon Bellinger and Isaiah Kinloch have done a great job of pushing our starters in practice and never complaining about their role. They embraced it, accepted it and it made us a better team.”
As the region champ Summerville receives the top seed for the playoffs, which begin Wednesday. The Wave will have home-court advantage up until the Lower State title game and Summerville has not lost a single game in its gym this season.
“Having those games at home gives us a chance and that is all you can ask for,” Elliott said.
Brandon Wilkerson paced Summerville against the Swamp Foxes, scoring a game-high 26 points. John Jenkins added 19 points and Timmy Singleton added nine.
D.J. Stevens and Fred Weeks both scored 13 points to lead Ashley Ridge.
The game was tight at first, but Summerville managed to pull away late in the opening period. Christian Kalacanic made several blocks in the period and Wilkerson closed the period out with five unanswered points. The senior followed a three-point bucket with a pair of free throws to bump the Wave’s lead up to 18-9 entering the second period.
Ashley Ridge pulled within six, but then let the Wave slip away again and Summerville took a 27-16 lead into the half.
The Swamp Foxes had a little run early in the third, but Jenkins came on strong late in the period to lead Summerville to a 46-32 advantage. Jenkins scored 15 of his points in the period.
The Foxes surged again toward the middle of the fourth and cut the lead to 6 with just under two minutes left to play. However, shortly after Chris McKinnon made a steal and bucket in transition to shift the momentum back to Summerville. The Wave then clinched the victory largely at the free-throw line.
Overall, Summerville had a good night at the line, hitting 24 free throws while Ashley Ridge only hit seven.
“Ashley Ridge just keeps coming at you and keeps shooting,” Elliott said. “They played hard tonight but they didn’t do so well with their free throws.”
Summerville had its final game of the regular season at Fort Dorchester on Thursday after press time. Ashley Ridge is looking to bolster its playoff seeding with a victory at Colleton County Friday.
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