Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Playing for the first time since the Sunday Showdown at the Beach Ball Classic on Dec. 29, Georgetown High’s boys basketball team came back from the break with a 64-57 win over Andrews.
Dae’Quan Gibson was named Player of the Game, leading the team with 18 points, going 6-for-8 on field goals, and 2-of-2 on three-pointers. Cavonte Gamble had 15 points and Stepfon Cuttino had 10.
“Stepfon is increasingly becoming a strong leader on the team, and Cavonte is getting more comfortable and bringing a lot to the table,” said Bulldogs head coach Alvin “Stitch” Walker.
Georgetown’s two tallest players got into foul trouble early, but Comega Myers stepped up to help the team maintain their traction.
“We instill in our players to always practice and come to the games ready to play,” Walker said, “and when I called Myers in, he was ready to play and gave some really good minutes.”
While the Bulldogs admit they can do a better job on boxing out and getting into rebound position, the team’s tough defense in the zone press and double-digit turnovers were a big factor in securing the win.
Cuttino led in both offensive and defensive rebounds with nine out of the team’s 39. Davius Grant and Darrion Graham combined fror eight of the team’s 18 steals. Marquez Drayton, Graham, and Gamble had two assists each.
“We definitely make up for our height with heart and dedication,” Walker said.
Georgetown followed Friday’s win with a hard-fought 50-44 loss to Socastee at home on Monday night to begin region play.
Before the game Walker told his players he’d trade all eight wins the team had this season for a victory over Socastee.
“This is the real season right here that will get you in the playoffs.”
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.
“If any group I’ve ever had can bounce back from a loss like this, I think it’s these guys,” Walker said. “They’re a hard-working group of fellas, and I think they’re going to get back in the gym … and take care of business.”
Gibson led Georgetown with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Cuttino had 13 points and five rebounds; Michael Billings had five points and four rebounds; Drayton had four points, six rebounds and two steals; Graham had five rebounds; and Sean Maybank had two steals.
The Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Braves 42-38 in overtime.
Justis Evans led Georgetown with 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Kiana White had seven points and 10 rebounds; Kayla Howard had six points, eight rebounds and two steals; Moet Spann had five points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals; Jamia Porcher had five points and two assists; and Rayna Crosby had five points and two rebounds.
Rob Ferraro had 20 points, six rebounds and two steals to led the Warriors to a 75-45 win over Lincoln last week.
Justin Busby had 11 points and three assists; Stephon Funnye had nine points; Jemon Smalls had nine points, three assists and three steals; Adonis 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 beat Lincoln 69-21.
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.
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.
The Bears lost 55-32 to Class AAAA Carolina Forest on Monday night.
Darius Williams led Carvers Bay with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals.
Josh Canteen had seven points; Arkel Williams had four points and two rebounds; Chris Carter had three rebounds and two steals; and Dary Goss had three rebounds.
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