Thursday, February 6, 2014
Waccamaw High’s boys basketball team stunned Mullins 52-49 on Wednesday night.
It was the Auctioneers first region loss of the season.
“I’m so proud of every single one of those kids that has Warriors across their chest because that’s what they did tonight for 32 minutes and that’s what I want them to do for the rest of their lives,” Waccamaw coach Mike Quinn said.
The teams traded baskets all through the first half, and Mullins took a 31-28 lead at halftime.
Both teams’ shooting went cold in the third quarter, with Mullins getting the only three points in the first three minutes of the second half.
The pace picked up as the quarter wound down, and Waccamaw cut the lead to 43-37 going into the fourth.
Both teams only managed one basket on the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, and then once again the pace picked up.
Mullins clung to a 46-41 lead with three minutes left in the game, but Waccamaw scored the next four points to cut it to 46-45 with 1:50 left.
Jemon Smalls then hit a three-pointer with 1:22 left to give the Warriors their first lead since the opening moments of the game.
Seconds later Jack Dwyer forced a Mullins turnover and the Warriors tried to milk the clock, but turned the ball over and fouled a Mullins player.
After a successful free throw cut the Waccamaw lead to 48-47 with 28.2 seconds left, Smalls was fouled and made both shots to extend it to 50-47.
After a Mullins’ dunk cut the lead to 50-49 with 12.3 seconds left, Waccamaw lost the ball after inbounds pass, but Smalls got the steal and was fouled with 7.5 seconds left.
He made both free throws and Mullins missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer for the 52-49.
“It was a total team victory,” said Smalls, who scored half of Waccamaw’s points.
Adonis Williams had 10 points, Justin Busby had five, Rob Ferraro and Stephon Funnye had four each.
“This [gives us] a lot of confidence,” said Williams. “We’re going to take region like we said we would at the beginning of the season. And this is a perfect start.”
The Warriors host Aynor tonight, travel to Marion on Monday, and close the regular season hosting Dillon on Wednesday.
“We missed a ton of shots, we knew we should have been up, [but] once again they stuck to the gameplan,” Quinn said. “Hopefully we want to continue to do what we did here … for the next [three] games.”
To win the final region games Smalls said the Warriors have to stay “confident and keep playing defense.”
The Warriors were coming off a 63-49 win over Loris on Tuesday night. Williams led Waccamaw with 29 points, including four three-pointers.
Busby had 14 points, Smalls had seven, Justin Hardee had five and Funnye had four.
The Lady Warriors lost 79-30 to Mullins.
Despite being up by more than 30 points in the second quarter, the Auctioneers continued to employ the full-court press for the entire game.
Alexis Grove led Waccamaw with 11 points. Kadijah Smalls had six points, and Brianna Brooks added five.
The Lady Warriors were coming off a 45-34 win over Loris on Tuesday night.
Waccamaw had to overcome a 4-point second quarter and then held the Lady Lions to single-digits in scoring in the third and fourth quarters for the victory.
Grove had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Waccamaw. Sydney Derrick also had 13 rebounds.
D’Avion Funnye had eight points and eight assists; Smalls had six points; Jada Torrance had five points; Brooks and LeAnn Thompson had four points each.
Of note: tonight’s Lady Warriors game against Aynor at Waccamaw High will begin at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal.
Around the county
Georgetown was held to three points in the third quarter during a 57-39 loss to Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night.
Stepfon Cuttino led the Bulldogs with 12 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Dae’Quan Gibson had nine points and two rebounds; Darrion Graham had five points and four rebounds; Marquez Drayton had eight rebounds; Davius Grant and Amalek Nesbit had four rebounds each; and Cavonte Gamble had three rebounds.
The Bulldogs were coming off their first region win of the season, a 47-44 over St. James.
Gamble led the Bulldogs with nine points, five rebounds and two steals. Cuttino had nine points, three rebounds and three steals; Gibson had eight points and four steals; Michael Billings had four points and three rebounds; Graham and Grant had four points and two rebounds each; and Sean Maybank had four points and two rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs were held to single-digits in scoring in three quarters and lost to the Lady Sharks 44-38.
Justis Evan led Georgetown with 13 points.
Jamia Porcher had 11 points, Kayla Howard had seven, and Moet Spann had four.
Darius Williams had 14 points to lead Carvers Bay past Timmonsville 50-44 on Tuesday night.
Williams also grabbed six rebounds and two steals.
Arkel Williams had nine points and seven rebounds; Dary Goss had six points and nine rebounds; Eaddy Moore had six points and five rebounds; Chris Carter had six points, four rebounds and two steals; and Tyrek Reed had six points.