Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Area basketball teams converged on Beck Recreation Center gymnasium August 1-2 to take part in a four-county, end-of-summer basketball tournament.
Teams from Georgetown, Berkley, Florence, and Williamsburg counties refined their circus shots, lay ups, and jump shots for the tournament – and it was all on display.
“This gym will be packed with boys and girls before the tournament is over,” Choppee coach Fred Jiles said before the opening day. Jiles’ prediction was spot on.
Friday night’s attendance was substantial, but nothing compared to the jam-packed gym on Saturday. With the bleachers full, the coaches huddled their teams in the four corners of the Beck gym. “Now listen, you need to go out their strong and dominate, and not let up one bit,” Team D.E.F.F coach Brandon Brown directed his team.
Brown, a team coach and tournament official, taught his team a valuable life lesson during the tournament. Early in the morning on Friday, Brown became a father for the first time.
The entry of little Brandon Carter Brown into the world did not alter his dad’s commitment to coach Georgetown’s Team D.E.F.F. or to officiate during the tournament.
The players of Team D.E.F.F. got a firsthand look at the “D” in their team name. Brown was the epitome of determination.
The tournament teams were comprised of boys and girls from church, recreation, AAU, intermediate, middle school and high school leagues. Teams traveled to Georgetown from Hemingway, Choppee, Lake City, Andrews, Pawleys Island and Moncks Corner to participate in the tournament.
Hemingway coach Mose Flegler said, “This is a great opportunity for our team to play some really good players.”
Greater St. James AME coach James Singletary agreed, saying, “We came from Lake City, and we are looking forward to some good competition.”
Waccamaw High School Coach Marion Busby was unable to attend the tournament but made sure his Lady Warriors were entered in the brackets.
“I tell my girls all the time you have to challenge yourself, and the teams in the Georgetown tournament will do just that.”
Assistant Warrior Coach Davin Smalls commented on the girl’s championship game, “I wish we had played the first half like we played the second half.”
Smalls congratulated her girls on a hard-fought game. Georgetown’s Team D.E.F.F. defeated Waccamaw in the championship match 23-22. Andrews Coastal Elite Girls AAU team participated in the tournament as well.
In the boys division, Hemingway and Moncks Corner took home the championship trophies. In the 12 and under division, Hemingway defeated Georgetown Team D.E.F.F. 18-7, and in the boys 16 and under division Moncks Corner defeated Hemingway 42-25.