Friday, January 3, 2014
After six years of watching it go home with a visiting team, the Green Wave JV boys finally brought the Mulkey Invitational trophy back home.
Summerville earned a 40-30 double-overtime win against Fort Dorchester Monday in the boys’ championship for the Mulkey Invitational JV Tournament. The Green Wave had to fight for the prize, but Summerville coach Ian Lenke was able to hoist the trophy for the first time since he took over the JV program five years ago.
Lenke’s teams made the finals the past two years, but fell in the championship game to Goose Creek in 2011 and to Wando in 2012.
“I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Lenke said. “It’s nice to finally get this win. Rae’saun (Brown) had a great tournament and D.J. Bennett, who is my sole returner from last year, had his best game tonight. But really, everyone stepped up.”
Summerville advanced to the title game with wins over Andrews and Bishop England. Fort Dorchester advanced with wins over Wando and Goose Creek.
After a pair of 3-point shots from Josh Tillman and Greg Archie, Fort Dorchester took an 8-6 lead into the second period of Monday’s championship. Then Summerville held the Patriots to a single bucket in the second period to take a 16-10 lead into the half.
Fort Dorchester cut the lead to 4 in the third and tied the game at 25 on a Ra’Quan Simmons’ 3 with just more than four minutes remaining.
The remainder of the game was a defensive battle. The Patriots tried to play for the final shot, but Brown made a steal in the closing seconds and the game went to overtime.
Summerville’s Johnathan Bennett hit a pair of free throws but Simmons answered for the Patriots by scoring on a break for a 27-27 stalemate. With 3.3 seconds remaining in the period, Summerville was called for a non-shooting foul but the ensuing free throw missed its mark and Daquan Wilson made the crucial rebound for Summerville to force a second overtime.
The teams exchanged buckets and then Brown passed to D.J. Bennett on a break and he made the layup. Bennett was fouled on the shot and his free throw gave Summerville a 32-29 lead with 1:39 remaining in the second OT.
From there, Johnathan Bennett and Wilson grabbed some defensive rebounds and Summerville received free throws from Johnathan Bennett, D.J. Bennett and Matthew Lebby to secure the win.
“These guys are just resilient,” Lenke said. “They had some tough calls but they kept it together. I’ve never had a group more tightknit than these guys and they work hard and get after it everyday so it doesn’t matter if we get down.”
D.J. Bennett and Brown both finished with 13 points to lead all scorers. Johnathan Bennett added 7 for the Green Wave.
Tillman led the Patriots with 12 points and Simmons added 7 for the Fort.
Ashley Ridge went 1-2 in the tournament with a win over Andrews and losses to Goose Creek and Wando. Goose Creek placed third while Bishop England and Wando rounded out the Top 5.
The tournament is held annually in honor of Louis Mulkey, the long-time Green Wave coach who lost his life fighting a blaze at the Sofa Super Store in West Ashley in 2007. He founded the event 11 years ago in an effort to give JV players in the area the opportunity to experience a tournament atmosphere similar to what varsity players have during the holidays.