Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Waccamaw High’s boys basketball team stunned Mullins 52-49 last week.
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.”
“We missed a ton of shots, we knew we should have been up, [but] once again they stuck to the gameplan,” Quinn said.
Waccamaw followed the Mullins win with a 56-38 win over Aynor.
The Warriors held the Blue Jackets to single-digits in scoring in three of four quarters.
Ferraro led the Warriors with 14 points. Busby had 13 points, including two three-pointers, Dwyer had nine, Smalls had seven, Williams had five, and Doug Roe and DeAndre Richardson had four each.
The Warriors also beat Loris 63-49 last week.
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.
Ten Lady Warriors scored in a 48-26 win over Aynor.
The Waccamaw defense held the Lady Blue Jackets scoreless in the first quarter and nabbed 18 steals in the game.
LeAnn Thompson had nine points and 15 rebounds to lead Waccamaw. Grove had nine points; Smalls had eight points; Sydney Derrick had five points and 10 rebounds; Jada Torrance had five points; and Madeline Hoffman had four points.
The Lady Warriors beat Loris 45-34 last week.
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. Derrick also had 13 rebounds.
D’Avion Funnye had eight points and eight assists; Smalls had six points; Torrance had five points; Brooks and Thompson had four points each.
South Strand News is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not South Strand News.