Warriors beat Braves on last-second shot

  • Monday, January 13, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/Times Waccamaw High’s Rob Ferraro goes up for a shot in the Warriors’ 49-47 win over Socastee last week.

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Stephon Funnye scored with 1.4 seconds left to give Waccamaw High’s basketball team a 49-47 victory over Socastee last week.

It was Funnye’s second game-winner of the year - the first was against Myrtle Beach Christian Academy - but this meant more to him.

“They’re a local rival, so it makes it even more intense,” Funnye said.

It was sweet revenge for the Warriors, who lost to the Braves 53-51 in Socastee last month.

“Every person did what they needed to do for us to come away with a victory over a very good team,” said Waccamaw coach Mike Quinn. “I’m really excited for us to get the split with them because I felt we really deserved it. … I thought statistically we outplayed them. But they found a way to beat us.”

Socastee started the game strong and took a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Waccamaw battled back in the second quarter to cut the lead to 22-19 at halftime.

The Warriors outscored the Braves 18-13 in the third quarter, and Adonis Williams’ 3-pointer as time expired gave Waccamaw a 37-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded baskets all the way through the final stanza, and the game was tied at 47-47 with less than a minute to go.

After Socastee missed a foul shot that would have put them ahead by one, Waccamaw turned the ball over. Jack Dwyer than forced a Socastee turnover and the Warriors tried to run off the final seconds on the clock.

As the clock ran down, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Funnye drove to basket and sank the game-winner with 1.4 seconds left. Funnye said as time was winding down he blocked out the roar of the crowd and concentrated on the game.

“I just focused on the goal and focused on my teammates and the victory,” he said.

Rob Ferraro led the Warriors with 17 points. Funnye had 12 points and Williams had 10.

Waccamaw followed the Socastee win with a 75-45 win over Lincoln.

Ferraro led the Warriors with 20 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Justin Busby had 11 points and three assists; Funnye had nine points; Jemon Smalls had nine points, three assists and three steals; Williams had seven points, four steals, two assists and two blocks; Doug Roe had six points and two rebounds; Jazz Green had five points; Deandre Richardson had four points; Jack Dwyer had seven rebounds and five assists; Justin Hardee had five rebounds and two assists; and Sean Callahan had three rebounds.

The Lady Warriors lost 41-19 to the Lady Braves.

Last month Socastee beat Waccamaw by 49 points.

“We played better and smarter this time,” said Lady Warriors coach Robert Burdette. “We didn’t turn the ball over as much. We slowed things down to try and cut down on our turnovers.”

Waccamaw held Socastee to single digits in scoring in the first and second quarters.

Only five Lady Warriors found the basket, which Burdette said was “not enough.” They were also 3-of-15 from the foul line and “missed a lot of layups.”

Alexis Grove led Waccamaw with 10 points. Jazmyn Torrance and Sydney Derrick had three points each.

Burdette said the game was a good opportunity for his team to work on beating the press on offense, and stepping up their defensive play to not allow a lot of layups.

“It’s what we’ll try and do against the Mullinses and Dillons of the world,” Burdette said. “Try to play at our pace instead of their pace.”

He believes the Lady Warriors have a good shot at third or fourth place in the region, which would secure a playoff spot.

“We’ve just to put it in the basket,” Burdette said.

The Lady Warriors also got a 69-21 win over Lincoln last week.

Grove had a triple-double with 21 points, 11 steals and 10 rebounds and LeAnn Thompson had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Torrance had 10 points, Derrick and Davion Funnye had eight each, and Madeline Hoffman and Mikayla Knowlin had four each.

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