Green Wave boys advance to Warrior Classic championship
The Green Wave boys opened the Warrior Classic holiday tournament with consecutive wins to advance to the tournament championship game.
Summerville (6-1) opened the tournament with a 56-52 win over Stratford Dec. 20 and defeated host R.B. Stall 59-48 Dec. 21 to advance and play Goose Creek in the finals Dec. 23. For the results of the championship game, see the Jan. 1 issue of The Summerville Journal Scene or visit www.journalscene.com.
Despite the victories, Summerville coach Greg Elliott says his team didn’t play its best that weekend.
“I’m glad we won, but I’m not happy with our performance,” Elliott said. “We are happy to be in the championship game, but we have to play better if we are going to match up with Goose Creek because they are very good.”
Xavier Robinson finished with 11 points against Stratford to lead the Green Wave scorers. John Jenkins added 10 while Timmy Singleton, Kawuan Cox and Christian Kalacanic all added 9 points each.
“Against Stratford we played well in spurts but never really got into any kind of flow,” Elliott said. “We just gutted it out. Nobody had a great game.”
Demetre Rivers led Stratford with a game-high 28 points.
Summerville held a 30-15 lead with 2:30 remaining in the first half of its game against Stall, but allowed the Warriors to cut the lead to 9 by the half. Stall also forced turnovers and made some runs in the second half, but the Green Wave pulled away late in the game.
“We had a lot of guys who weren’t a factor tonight and we need multiple guys contributing,” Elliott said. “Stall is very athletic and Jordan Carswell is a great player. They outhustled us tonight. They got more put backs; they got more loose balls; they got all the hustle stats so I’m glad we got that win.”
Jenkins had a strong offensive night for Summerville, finishing with 24 points. He hit three shots from behind the arc and was 5 of 8 at the free-throw line. Kalacanic added 12 for Summerville. He was 4 of 6 at the free throw line.
Carswell led Stall with 10 points.