The Fort Dorchester Boys Basketball team muscled its way past Summerville to carry some momentum into the playoffs.
Behind a strong performance in the post, the Patriots earned a 65-58 win Feb. 8 in the Firehouse. With the victory, Fort Dorchester improved to 11-12 on the season with a 5-3 mark in Region 8-AAAAA. That mark puts the Patriots in a tie with Ashley Ridge for second place in the region, which was won by West Ashley.
Summerville took a 29-23 lead in the first half, but Fort Dorchester outscored the Green Wave 23-14 in the third quarter to take a three-point lead into the final stanza.
“Our guards did a good job of getting the ball to the big guys,” Fort Dorchester coach Jacob Smith said. “We made an adjustment at halftime because I felt we had a mismatch down low and just needed to be patient and keep running the plays until we got the bigs isolated down low.”
Summerville kept the game close for most of the fourth, but the Patriots started to pull away in the final three minutes.
Forward Mason Grant led the Fort scorers with a game-high 22 points. Center Latrell Marshall added 19 points for the Patriots and wing Antoine Parker added 18.
Fort Dorchester had a strong night on the boards. Marshall finished with 15 rebounds, a block and a steal. Parker had seven rebounds, two blocks and four steals.
Center Bryce Ravenell led the Summerville scorers with 12 points. Andre Banks added 11 points for the Green Wave while both Mark Mazyck and Tariq Shabazz added 10. With the loss, Summerville dropped to 10-14 with a 1-7 mark in the region.
Based on a tiebreaker, Fort Dorchester received the region’s No. 3 seed. The Patriots will open the playoffs at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Goose Creek. The winner of that game will play again Feb. 16 against the winner of the Lexington/South Florence first-round game.
“The big thing for us entering the playoffs is we need to be consistent and have a sense of urgency,” Smith said. “Everybody’s record is 0-0 now so we just need to play our best basketball.”