GEORGETOWN- The Bulldogs' defense was too much for the Waccamaw Warriors to handle.
The Georgetown boys’ varsity basketball team pulled ahead in their first region game against Waccamaw 67-49 on Friday, Jan. 10.
Georgetown's record rose to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in Region VII-3A play.
This game comes after Georgetown played Waccamaw at the championship shootout tournament in December which Waccamaw won. Georgetown head coach Alvin Walker knows that his boys put their best effort out there on the court after they were upset about losing.
“It was a hurting feeling for the guys and I let them know that January the 10th was coming and just keep playing and that day that’s coming then you will show what you should have done the first time. We played not to lose rather than play to win and they walked us down,” said Coach Walker.
He said that he apologized to his team because he told them it was “bad coaching” of that game.
However, after their win against Waccamaw, he said that their defense improved from the last time.
“I love the way they came out the gate,” he said. “Probably one of the best quarters we played all year. When the shots follow that’s great but the defensive intensity was outstanding. I appreciate them for the effort they give but I really want to give out some more praise for his coaching staff.”
Sophomore forward/wing Isaiah Howell lead the team in scoring with 13 points, senior point guard Jumari Geathers added 12 points and sophomore guard/forward Ty Richardson poured in 11 points in the game. Senior guard Darrell Gardner and junior guard Jerrod Gamble both scored nine points.
The Bulldogs burst through the first quarter 28-4. Waccamaw tried to regain their footing but couldn’t as Georgetown tied up with them 8-8 in the second quarter to take a 36-12 at the half.
In the third quarter, both teams tied 15-15 with Georgetown closing the third quarter out 51-27. Waccamaw tried to close the gap but fell behind during the last minute of the quarter. Shooting guard Carrele Cooper made some last effort layups to catch up to Georgetown with 1:00 left in the fourth quarter. Although the Warriors did outscore Georgetown 22-16 in the fourth quarter, they failed to recover from a huge gap with Georgetown taking the win of the game 67-49. Waccamaw dropped to 8-5 on the season.
Despite their win, Walker said there is always room for improvement.
“We want to take one game at a time,” he said “This game was more important than (our last) game (with them). That game can’t get us in the playoffs. This game can."
Georgetown is scheduled to play Manning at home on Jan. 14 and travel to Hanahan on Friday, Jan.17. After this week, they will again travel to face Bishop England. Waccamaw hopes to beat Bishop England and Aynor this week. All scheduled games start at 7:30 p.m.