Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Socastee High’s boys basketball team lost 49-47 last week when to Waccamaw High Stephon Funnye scored with 1.4 seconds.
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.”
“Credit to Waccamaw ... they played a great game,” said braves coach DeAndre Scott. “They played a good game over at Socastee, we were fortunate that night. Both games were tight contests, they both went down until the end.”
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.
“We put ourselves in a bad position,” Scott said. “We had a stretch at the end of the third quarter where we were up five, and we give up seven points in a minute to go down two. [That gave] them a lot of momentum 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.
Socastee was 8-for-20 from the free throw line and missed 16 shots in the paint.
“This was a tough road environment so hopefully this will give us some intelligence on some things we need to do down the stretch,” Scott said. “Got to make free throws. Got to be tough with the ball. Got to cut down on turnovers.”
Koel Cutler led the Braves with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Cutler won the 3-Point Shooting Contest at the Beach Ball Classic last month.
Dylan Thompson had nine points, Finn Melko and Adarius McCray had six points each, and Max Kjosa had five.
Rob Ferraro led the Warriors with 17 points. Funnye had 12 points and Williams had 10.
Socastee bounced back with a 50-44 win over Georgetown on Monday night.
It was the region opener for both teams, and an important win for the Braves.
“We’ve been telling the kids all year that the big games are the region games and we’ve got to find a way to win games in the region,” Scott said. “I always say to the kids, to try and make the playoffs you’ve got to try and win five home games. If you win five you’ll qualify for the playoffs and anything you steal on the road moves you toward having a chance to win the region and host a game.”
The Bulldogs came out strong and led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Braves then dominated the second quarter to tie the game at 19-19 at halftime.
Georgetown used pressure defense to force Socastee turnovers and take a five-point lead with 1:40 left in the third quarter, but the Braves cut the lead to 36-34 going into the fourth quarter.
The teams played at a frenetic pace throughout the final stanza, and neither could go ahead by more than two points until about 30 seconds were left in the game. Georgetown had trouble finding the basket, and Socastee hit its free throws, sending the Braves home victorious.
“I thought we did a great job all night handling the pressure and attacking and getting baskets off of that,” Scott said. “If they’re going to pressure you you’ve got to be willing to be aggressive and try and go score, otherwise they’ll stay with it all night. To their credit they stuck with it but we were able to finish some plays off.”
The victory was the 200th win of Scott’s career.
Melko led the Braves with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cutler had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals; Tamir Brown had 10 points and 11 rebounds; and Thompson had four points and two rebounds; McCray had four points, two assists and three rebounds; and Dante Moore and Max Kjosa had two rebounds each.
Waccamaw also picked up a 75-45 win over Lincoln last week.
Ferraro had 20 points, six rebounds and two steals to led the Warriors.
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; Dwyer had seven rebounds and five assists; Justin Hardee had five rebounds and two assists; and Sean Callahan had three rebounds.
Waccamaw was scheduled to host Mullins in its region opener on Tuesday night, but a backboard was broken during a physical education class so the game was canceled. A makeup date has not been announced.
Socastee beat Waccamaw 41-19 last week.
“I wasn’t thrilled with our performance,” said Lady Braves coach Virginia Ford. “We had quite a few unforced turnovers and we didn’t get to the free throw line enough. We just took what was available. We were very impatient in the first half.”
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.
“I thought that Waccamaw played hard and they played pretty smart,” Ford said. “I think we came out real flat.”
Sierrah McCarthy and Mia Angelo combined for 30 points for Socastee.
“Mia Angelo did a really nice job in the first half, especially handling the ball,” Ford said.
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.
Waccamaw bounced back with a 69-21 win over Lincoln.
Alexis 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.
Jazmyn Torrance had 10 points, Sydney Derrick and Davion Funnye had eight each, and Madeline Hoffman and Mikayla Knowlin had four each.
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