The Green Wave boys took care of business in the first half Friday and then weathered a second half Stags’ rally to earn a 53-47 win.
Summerville (1-1) jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the opening quarter and extended the lead to 33-16 at the half. But Berkeley (2-1) cut the lead to 6 points with just more than a minute remaining in the third. The Stags managed to cut the lead to 5 with 26 seconds remaining in the final quarter, but Summerville made the key rebounds it needed in the closing seconds to secure the victory.
“We let them score the first 6 points of the second half to get back in the game,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “Then we self-destructed in the last four minutes of the game. We turn the ball over and turn the ball over. Then we missed four of our last nine free throws.”
Neither team really took advantage of its trips to the free-throw line. Summerville was 12 of 23 at the charity stripe while Berkeley was 4 of 11.
But missed free throws weren’t the only problem for Summerville. Berkeley took 82 field-goal shots in the game while Summerville only took 50.
“We are very lucky to escape,” Elliott said. “I watched them play Monday and thought they were a dangerous team. Berkeley didn’t shoot that well, but we didn’t excel in any aspect of the game.”
John Jenkins led the Green Wave scorers with 14 points. Timmy Singleton finished with 12 and Chris Kalacanic with 10. Berkeley’s D’Andre Richardson led all scorers with 16 points and Mason Edwards added 11 for the Stags.
The three-point shot wasn’t key to either team’s strategy. Both teams took only one shot from behind the arc. Jenkins hit a 3 for Summerville and Edwards hit one for Berkeley.
Earlier in the week, Summerville lost a close game at Wando. The Green Wave fell 60–55 to the Warriors in overtime.
“We have some work to do,” Elliott said. “We played well at Wando but didn’t get the win and then tonight we didn’t play well but won. At Wando we ran the ball well and only had 10 turnovers. Tonight we just kept letting Berkeley get back in the game. Hopefully we will get a little better next week.”
Summerville hits the road for games at West Ashley Wednesday and at Hanahan Saturday. The Green Wave will host a rematch with Wando on Dec. 17.
Summerville (53): John Jenkins 14, Timmy Singleton 12, Christian Kalacanic 10, Palmer 6, Robinson 6, Cox 5.
Berkeley (47): D’Andre Richardson 16, Mason Edwards 11, Nalik 6, Taylor 4, Matthews2, Harkness 2, Francis 2, Thompson 2, Ford 2.
Berkeley 10 6 18 13—47
Summerville 17 16 11 9—53