The Green Wave boysí basketball team completed a clean sweep of the Beaufort teams with a win Friday to secure its second consecutive region championship.
After falling behind 10-0 in the opening period, the Wave rallied and took charge in the second half to earn a 60-46 win over Battery Creek at Summerville High School. The Wave improved to 19-2 with an 8-0 mark in region play with only games against Colleton County and Fort Dorchester remaining in the regular season.
The Dolphins (12-7, 2-6) entered the game fired up and played well early, making quick passes up court and then scoring both in the paint and with jumpers. Brent Evans grabbed several rebounds in the first four minutes and made the first three baskets of the game to push the Dolphins to a 6-0 lead.
It wasnít until after the halfway mark of the opening period that Summerville got on the board with a Matt Galbreath move inside for a basket that brought the score to 10-2. Then fellow senior A.J. Green started to work his magic. Green hit two 3-pointers and two free throws in the closing minutes of the period to cut the Dolphin lead to 16-12.
The Wave began its rally roughly two minutes into the second period. Branden Millhouse made a steal and then dished to Green for an easy basket. Marcus Morris hit two free throws and a little later dished to Millhouse, who made a basket and picked up a foul. He hit the free throw to tie the game at 21 with 4:12 remaining before the half. Millhouse followed by hitting a jumper to give the Wave its first lead of the game with 3:44 remaining in the period. From there, Summerville set the tempo.
ìWe have a lot of seniors on the team who are real leaders and they came together tonight and played hard to push us ahead,î sophomore Aaron Jiles said. ìThey are experienced players and they make the rest of us play better. We feed off them and we learn from them.î
The Summerville bench also had a productive night, particularly on defense. Green led all scorers in the game, finishing with 27 points. Nine of his points came off 3-pointers. Morris and Bruce Haynes both finished with 6 points and Taylor Campbell contributed 5. For Battery Creek, Marlon Jenkins had 10 and both Cameron Blake and Keith Moore added 9.
The Summerville girls (6-12, 2-6) evened the score with the Beaufort teams Friday by avenging an earlier loss to Battery Creek (12-10, 3-5). Summerville trailed early in the game, but took a 29-22 lead into the half. The Wave took a 7-point lead into the final period and finished strong for a 57-41 victory.
ìWe are starting to play better as a team and they are seeing the open spots and moving the ball,î coach Teresa Kendle said after the win, which came on the heels of a home victory over Beaufort last week. ìWe knew coming in that our quickness and defense would be key. We had our best night yet when it comes to converting steals into layups.î
Shanolla Council and Jonell Hamrick continued to pose a double threat inside and guard Jasmine Simmons also had a great night. Council and Simmons finished with 17 points each and Hamrick added 13. For Battery Creek, April Myers had 12 points and Katrece Daniel added 11. Summerville improved to 6-13 with a 2-6 region mark.
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