Green Wave finishes Roundball Classic strong

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Junior Braylon Wilkerson guards a North Gwinnett ball handler Dec. 27 during the Rotary Roundball Classic.


The Green Wave boys went 2-1 in the 21st annual Rotary Roundball Classic Tournament and the loss was to a team that played for a Roundball championship.

Summerville fell to North Gwinnett High School out of Atlanta but bounced back to earn wins over Academic Magnet and James Island.

“One of our goals this year was to win at least two games in our two holiday tournaments and we did so we are happy about that,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “We are beating the teams we are supposed to, but I was hoping we might beat a team we aren’t expected to beat.”

Summerville (8-3) opened the tournament Dec. 27 with a 66-51 loss to North Gwinnett. Center Christian Kalacanic was the only Green Wave player to finish with a field goal percentage over 50 percent. He was 75 percent from the floor and hit his only 3-point attempt of the night.

Kalacanic led the Green Wave in scoring with 19 points. John Jenkins added 12 points for Summerville and Braylon Wilkerson added 6.

“North Gwinnett is a very good team so we knew it was going to be a challenge, but honestly I thought we would play better against them,” Elliott said. “We played well in spurts during the tournament so hopefully we will get some consistency in the new year.”

North Gwinnett went on to fall 59-51 to Goose Creek in the Rotary Foundation Bracket championship game.

On Saturday, Summerville earned a 53-36 win over Academic Magnet (4-7). The Wave doubled AM’s points in the paint and didn’t allow the team a single second-chance basket.

Senior guard John Jenkins led all scorers with 16 points while Tyler Palmer added 15 and Timmy Singleton 8. Palmer was 5 of 9 on shots from behind the arc and Jenkins sank two 3s.

Xavier Robinson led the Wave in rebounds with 7 and Wilkerson had 6.

Ben Sewell led Academic Magnet with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

On Monday, Summerville earned a 56-42 win over James Island (4-5). The Wave scored 42 points in the paint while the Trojans only had 24 points down low. Summerville outrebounded James Island 46-23 and also scored 10 fast-break points while limiting the Trojans to 2.

Jenkins led the Wave shooters with 17 points. Singleton finished with 14 points while Robinson and Palmer both chipped in 6.

Robinson led the team in rebounds with 11 and Kalacanic had 8.

Brady Schuck led the James Island scorers with 12 points. Devontre Hamilton led the Trojans in rebounds with 4.

Summerville hosts Hanahan for a rematch Saturday at 5 p.m. The Green Wave then has road games at Berkeley and Goose Creek before opening region play Jan. 14 by hosting Colleton County.

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