Tuesday, January 21, 2014
With a win over Beaufort Friday the Green Wave boys took a big step toward meeting their goal of claiming their fourth consecutive region championship.
Summerville (12-4) earned a 71-61 victory over Beaufort (12-2), the Region 8-AAAA team that had the most success during the first part of the season. Summerville has eight region games ahead and doesn’t have the depth it has had the past three seasons, but Friday’s win does give the Green Wave considerable momentum.
Summerville also has a solid starting five and sixth-man (Braylon Wilkerson) working in its favor.
Senior point guard Timmy Singleton is the team’s leader on the floor.
“Timmy does a good job of distributing the ball,” Green Wave coach Greg Elliott said. “He gets everyone involved and does a lot to ensure we get good looks at the basket. He and Xavier Robinson have both been with us for five years so they know how to do things the way we want.”
Robinson, a center/forward, is the team’s vocal leader.
“Xavier is the leader in the locker room,” Elliott said. “He provides emotion and really plays hard. He is a guy with a ton of intangibles who makes a lot of rebounds for us.”
Senior John Jenkins is the team’s scoring leader.
“Even off the court John is kind of a quiet guy so he doesn’t provide much vocal leadership but he provides a lot of points,” Elliott said. “I tell him whenever he isn’t sure whether he should shoot it or pass it – shoot it. His defense has also improved this season.”
Seniors Christian Kalacanic and Tyler Plamer are the other starters. They both bring good size and experience to the floor.
The thing that makes this year’s chase after the region crown more challenging for Summerville is that after the team’s top six athletes the Green Wave doesn’t have much varsity game experience.
“Those same six guys are getting most of the minutes and because of that we can’t afford to get in foul trouble,” Elliott said. “We have been fortunate so far, but we probably haven’t been as aggressive on defense as we need to be. Staying out of foul trouble and hitting our free throws are going to be keys for us the rest of the season. All the teams we lost to are very quick and athletic. Depth was a factor.”
The lack of varsity experience even affects practices.
“Our practices aren’t as competitive as we are used to,” Elliott said. “Our second group has trouble pushing our first group so our first group isn’t improving at the rate we would like it to.”
Still, Summerville entered play this week with a 2-0 mark against region opponents. And its bench only stands to get better as the season moves along.
Up next for the Green Wave is a game against Ashley Ridge at home Jan. 24 and a game at Fort Dorchester Jan. 28.
SUMMERVILLE (71): John Jenkins 35, Christian Kalacanic 11, Xavier Robinson 10, Wilkerson 6, Palmer 5, Singleton 4.
BEAUFORT (61): Kendrick Colvin 17, Jawan Mack 14, Otis McClain 14, Adonis Grant 11, Owens 3, Johnson 2.
Beaufort 10 18 15 18—61
Summerville 19 20 14 18—71