Friday, January 3, 2014
Georgetown High’s boys basketball team beat Waccamaw 65-55 on Sunday in the Beach Ball Classic.
The game was part of the tournament’s Sunday Showdown exhibition schedule. Carvers Bay also played an exhibition game to open the tournament on Thursday afternoon.
Bulldogs coach Alvin “Stitch” Walker told his players “we want to leave Horry County and go back to Georgetown County with bragging rights. That was the big thing.”
“I appreciate coming up here,” said Warriors coach Mike Quinn. “It’s a lot of fun. I told the kids at the end of the game, enjoy the opportunity.”
Both teams started slowly, with neither breaking into double-digits in scoring until Stepfon Cuttino gave Georgetown the 11-8 lead seven minutes into the game.
“I always wanted to play in the Beach Ball Classic,” Cuttino said.
Waccamaw then went on a 10-2 run, fueled by Jack Dwyer’s five points, to take an 18-13 lead.
Georgetown then went on a 14-6 run, sparked by nine points from Cuttino and Cavonte Gamble, to close out the first half leading 27-24.
Waccamaw kept Georgetown’s lead to single-digits for the first eight minutes of the second half, before Cuttino put Georgetown ahead 46-36.
A 9-4 run gave the Bulldogs a 55-40 lead with about 5 minutes left in the game, but Waccamaw refused to go away.
Justin Busby started the Warriors comeback with two 3-pointers in a minute to cut the lead to 55-46.
“Justin Busby got us back into the game,” Quinn said. “Hitting those two incredible 3-pointers got the crowd going and we fed off that energy.”
Dwyer was then fouled twice and made all four free throws to cut the lead to 55-50.
Darrion Graham extended the Bulldogs lead to 57-50, before a foul shot by Jemon Smalls and a basket by Adonis Williams made the score 57-53.
“We started to play [with] intensity, we built that up,” Dwyer said. “That helped us and our defense picked up. When we go to the basket we’re a hard team to stop. So when we get our defense going and we get the fast break going … we can make a comeback and you never know what’s going to happen.”
After Georgetown’s Davious Grant hit one free throw, Justin Hardee got Waccamaw’s last basket of the game.
The Bulldogs scored the final seven points of the game to seal the 65-55 victory.
“The guys [hung] in there and played good basketball at the end,” Walker said. “We knew they’re going to make runs in the game because that’s our rivalry school.”
“We didn’t quit. We played hard,” Quinn said. “It was just at the end of the game we weren’t able to get that big basket when we needed it.”
Cuttino had 16 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists to lead Georgetown.
Gamble had 14 points and four steals; Sean Maybank had nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals; Marquez Drayton had nine points, four rebounds and three steals; Grant had nine points and four rebounds; and Michael Billings had four points and six rebounds.
Playing in the tournament had special meaning for Grant, who didn’t play basketball last year. He credited Walker for motivating the team to keep fighting.
Dwyer had 11 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead Waccamaw.
Williams had 11 points, Funnye had 10, Busby had nine, Hardee had eight and Smalls had five.
“I think it’s a big step for our program since we’ve never done it,” Dwyer said. “It’s a great honor for us because it’s such a big tournament.”