The Green Wave boys put the explanation point on their region championship Monday by earning a 55-40 win over Fort Dorchester.
Summerville had already clinched the Region 8-AAAA championship but Monday marked Senior Night for the Green Wave and the Summerville players wanted to end the regular season on a good note.
The game was originally scheduled for last Thursday but postponed due to last week’s winter storm and Summerville coach Greg Elliot was concerned his team might lose the momentum it had built during the season.
“We basically had a whole week off and I thought we might be rusty tonight but we played with good energy,” Elliott said. “We played really well in the first half, holding them to 15 points. We could have busted the game open in the third period, but we missed several layups and the Fort hung in there. Finally we managed to put the game away late. I’m proud of our seniors finishing things strong.”
Summerville took a 12-8 lead into the second period and added to it for a 24-15 lead at the half. One bucket was the difference in the third period and Summerville outscored Fort Dorchester 18-14 in the final eight minutes.
Summerville senior John Jenkins scored a game-high 24 points while his classmates also contributed. Tyler Palmer added 14 points for the Green Wave and Christian Kalacanic added 10.
Summerville improved to 19-5 on the season with a 9-1 mark in region play and will open the South Carolina Class AAAA playoffs by hosting Stratford at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round.
Eric Hayward led the Patriots with 20 points while Dimitri Carter added 6 points. Fort Dorchester (14-6, 6-4) secured the region’s No. 3 seed and will open the playoffs by traveling to Goose Creek Thursday.
Elliott says taking on Demetrae Rivers and the Stratford Knights will be a challenge.
“It’s been a good season, but now it’s a new season,’ he said. “Our goal is not only to get a second-round game, but also to advance to the third round because this group of guys has never been there. Stratford is very good. Honestly, that is a bad matchup for us. We beat them by a slim margin on a neutral court and they have a great player so we will enjoy tonight and then get back to work and see what we can do.”