Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Green Wave boys broke in their new basketball court Tuesday by earning a 67-53 win over Wando.
Summerville opened its 2012-13 season at home on the shiny court installed this summer. The team itself also had a new look as only one starter returned from last year’s varsity.
That starter, Brandon Wilkerson, led the way for the Wave. The senior scored a team-high 23 points and had several blocks. Junior John Jenkins sank several three-point shots and finished with 18 points while junior Christian Kalacanic contributed 16 to the Summerville cause.
Kelvon Bellinger, Timmy Singleton, Chris McKinnon and Isaiah Kinloch also scored for the Wave.
“I thought we played real well considering it was our first game while it was Wando’s fifth,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “We shot well from the field on 2’s and 3’s. We figured Brandon and John would score a lot but Christian played great for his first varsity game.”
Kalacanic, a 6-foot, 4-inch junior, had 11 rebounds in the game.
The Wave had a lot of success in the paint early in the game, but Wando hit three three-point shots in the first period to pull out to a 20-12 lead.
But Summerville outscored the Warriors 20-8 the next period. Wilkerson and Jenkins got things going with a pair of free throws and a jumper. After Wando hit a free throw, Kalacanic made a three-point play the old-fashioned way and McKinnon and Singleton made baskets to tie things up. Wando managed to pull back ahead, but Jenkins scored five unanswered points and Wilkerson hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Summerville a 32-28 lead at the half.
Summerville extended its lead in the third to take a 44-36 advantage into the final period, but Wando managed to hang around thanks largely to a solid performance at the free-throw line.
Wilkinson hit some clutch free throws of his own to keep the Warriors at bay. He scored 12 points in the fourth period.
“Overall I give us a B+ for the game,” Elliott said. “We could have done a better job of closing it out and not letting them get within seven points with two minutes left. We missed some free throws and turnovers hurt so we are glad to be 1-0.”
Summerville travels to Berkeley County Nov. 30. The Wave’s next home game on Dec. 7 is also against the Stags.