Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dutch Fork only scored 3 points in the fourth period Saturday but it was enough to eliminate the Green Wave boys from the Class AAAA playoffs.
Summerville (20-6) suffered a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to the Silver Foxes (19-7) in the second round of the playoffs. However, it doesn’t negate a fabulous run for the Green Wave team.
“Obviously I’m disappointed that we lost, but I’m not disappointed in our kids,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “We had a tremendous two years but just came up one shot short tonight. We have a group of seniors who are disappointed but they will feel better next week. We won 40 games in two years.”
Summerville opened the playoffs with a 62-48 victory over Stratford Thursday.
The Knights (16-9) gave up three quick buckets to fall behind, but finished the first period strong to only trail by a point, 10-9. Then Summerville outscored Stratford 19-10 to take a 10-point lead into the half.
During the second period, Tyler Palmer hit two 3-point shots for Summerville and John Jenkins hit a free throw to score the 1,000th point of his varsity career. Jenkins finished the night with a game-high 30 points to bring his career total to 1,022 points.
“There aren’t many guys who played for Summerville who scored 1,000 points,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “I’m sure A.J. Green did it, but there probably aren’t but one or two others who did. What really makes it impressive is John didn’t play much as a sophomore. I think he had 30 points his tenth-grade season and the rest were scored over the next two seasons.”
Summerville didn’t let the momentum go to waste and took a 14-point lead into the fourth period. Green Wave center Christian Kalacanic had a strong second half, scoring 12 points in the final two periods to finish with 15 for the game. Palmer finished with 11 points.
Antonio Stinson led Stratford with 14 points while both Demetre Rivers and Thad Thompson added 13 points.
“Of course, John scoring 30 was big, but I thought the real key to the game was we limited Rivers to 13 points,” Elliott said. “We decided going in we weren’t going to let him beat us, that we would rather take our chances of one of their other players stepping up. Xavier Robinson and Braylon Wilkerson did a great job defending him tonight.”
On Saturday, Summerville battled Dutch Fork for a 25-all score at halftime. Dutch Fork pulled out to a 38-35 lead entering the final period, but the Green Wave claimed a 40-39 lead on a Kalacanic free throw with 35 seconds remaining.
Summerville’s defense was impressive in the final period, but Dutch Fork’s Christian Mills hit one of two free throw attempts and the game-winning shot.
With nine seconds remaining Mills drove the lane. Two Summerville players were in position to defend the shot, but Mills reversed the ball midair to avoid the block and sank the basket to put the Silver Foxes up by 1.
Summerville called timeout in an effort to set up a game-winning shot, but the Dutch Fork defense didn’t allow much of an opening. Timmy Singleton got a shot off from the baseline with two defenders on him, but it bounced off the rim just after the buzzer sounded.
Jenkins finished with a game-high 19 points to move his career total to 1,041. Kalacanic added 10 for the Green Wave.
Austin Williams led Dutch Fork with 12 points. He was the only Silver Fox to score in double figures.
It was a special momentum for Dutch Fork, whose team members had attended the funeral of a fellow athlete at their school earlier in the day. The Silver Foxes advanced to face Wando in the third round Tuesday after press.
“We suffered a key injury in practice yesterday that hurt our ability to push the ball but that is neither here nor there,” Elliott said. “Give that scrappy Dutch Fork team all the credit because they played four games in six days and buried a classmate today. They were one shot better than us on an emotional week. We played as hard as we could and our kids gave all they had from summer workouts until the end of the season.”