Friday, November 29, 2013
Georgetown High School beat Kingstree 50-47 Tuesday night to go undefeated in the Georgetown Dental Shootout and win the title.
“They played hard, they’re a scrappy bunch,” Georgetown coach Alvin Walker said of his team. “They were determined not to lose.”
The Bulldogs had their hearts broken in Dental Shootout finals the last two years, losing in four overtimes to Carvers Bay in 2011 and losing on a half-court shot by the Bears’ Da’Shaun Aiken last year.
“I kept thinking, ‘what could happen this year,’ ” Walker said.
Georgetown gave up 27 points in the first half and trailed by seven at the break.
“We were a little too excited,” Walker said. In the second half, “we came out and pulled it together and kept fighting.”
Sean Maybank led Georgetown with 16 points. DaeQuan Gibson added 12.
The Bulldogs beat Johnsonville 52-28 in the first round and then beat St. James 51-31 in the semi-finals.
“The game was closer than the score indicated,” Walker said of the win over the Sharks.
Andrews claimed third place in tournament with a win over St. James.
The Yellow Jackets ended up in the consolation round with a 55-47 loss to Kingstree on Monday night.
The teams were evenly matched, making for an exciting game with an unpredictable outcome throughout.
The teams were so evenly matched that the difference in scores didn’t get above three until 3 minutes left in the game, and the equal number of 3-point shots for each team were made by an equal number of players each.
There was a lot of hard-charging offense and defense, with a foul count of 40 by game’s end to show for it. Full-court defense from the Jaguars was common, and junior Dyshane Murphy had three steals inside of a minute, two of them back-to-back, and scoring on all three, including the foul shot on the third. Murphy had six steals in the game.
“I thought we played them extremely well,” Branham said. “They stuck to the game plan. If we hit one or two more free throws, it might be a different outcome. We might [have been] playing Georgetown.”
Kingstree head coach Antonio Evans was not surprised by the great team effort from both sides.
“It’s a regional rivalry for us, and I was expecting a big game, and for it to come down to the wire. We bring out the best in them, and they bring out the best in us.”
Andrews opened the tournament beating Waccamaw in overtime.
“That was a huge confidence booster,” Branham said.
Branham has lost 14 seniors in the last two years.
This year’s Yellow Jackets squad only has two, Marquise Williams and Faizon Pushia. With three players still recovering from football injuries, four sophomores and four juniors are seeing significant playing time.
“Once we learn to play together as a team I think we have a chance to be OK,” Branham said. “If and when that happens there’s a chance.”
The county’s other two high schools, Waccamaw and Carvers Bay, faced off Monday night.
There were numerous fast breaks for both sides, and they were each able to capitalize on most of them.
Although the Bears often needed multiple rebounds at a time to score, they managed to keep up well with the more organized Warriors.
Ultimately, though, Waccamaw secured a 76–64 win.
The standout player in the match-up was Waccamaw senior Adonis Williams, who scored the only two 3-pointers of the game, and got numerous steals and fast breaks.
Head coach Michael Quinn was “very happy with the way the team responded in the second half to how we played on both ends of the floor.”
Kingstree’s Murphy was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and Georgetown’s Gibson was named the Most Valuable Player.
Players named to the All-Tournament team were: Sean Maybank and Stephone Funnye of Georgetown, Adonis Williams of Waccamaw, Arkel Williams of Carvers Bay, Wanye Moore of Andrews, Dakota Holmes of St. James, Devontae Brown and Jareff Rogers of Kingstree, Josh Franklin of Johnsonville and Martin Bufkin of C.E. Murray.
Before Tuesday night’s championship game, Georgetown City Councilman Brendon Barber was honored. Barber was coach of the Georgetown High boys team and started the Dental Shootout 20 years ago, when it was called the Steel Town Classic.
Walker was an assistant coach on Barber’s staff before succeeding him.
Waccamaw was overmatched in the first two games of the Lady Braves Sand and Hoops Invitational in Socastee this week
Socastee rolled over the Lady Warriors 70-20 in the tournament’s opening round on Monday.
Alexis Grove led Waccamaw with eight points.
The Lady Warriors then lost 60-43 to Cheraw on Tuesday.
Grove led Waccamaw with 14 points. Kadijah Smalls had 13 points and Jazmyn Torrance had seven.
Joseph Nooft II contributed to this report.