Stags cold in 56-45 loss to Green Wave
The Stags let the Green Wave slip through their fingers.
After jumping out to a blistering 19-12 first quarter lead, Berkeley went ice cold over the next three periods to fall 56-45 in their season opener to Summerville Friday.
The Stags could muster only 26 points over the next three quarters even while regaining the lead in the third quarter and pulling within two with five minutes left in the final period. But Berkeley could not close the deal.
“We played a pretty good first quarter, but we did not maintain that level of intensity throughout the entire game,” said BHS Coach Joe Wallace. “I was not pleased with our defensive effort. We have to buckle down and get stops when we need them.
“We were not able to do that tonight.”
Ormaine Thomas drilled three straight 3-pointers to tally nine first quarter points as Berkeley jumped out to an early 10-point lead, their largest lead of the game. Thomas would finish with a team-high 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half.
The Green Wave five caught fire in the second quarter behind a 12-2 run to catch the Stags at the first half intermission, 28-28.
John Jenkins’ 11 first half points led the Summerville charge.
In the third quarter the Green Wave rallied from a 35-30 deficit to go on a 12-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish. A Jenkins lay-in put Summerville on top 37-35 early in the half, and the Green Wave was off to the races.
SHS closed out the game with a 10-0 run. The Stags could only muster five points over the game’s last 3:49.
“We will be outsized by everyone that we play this year so we have to be fundamentally sound on both ends,” Wallace said. “That includes boxing out, making layups, and knocking down our free throws.”
The Stags were 3-14 from the foul line and according to Wallace, “missed at least four shots right at the basket.”
“That’s not going to get the job done,” Wallace said.
Berkeley falls to 0-1 and will hone their game this week on the job, playing at Cane Bay on Tuesday, hosting Goose Creek on Wednesday and traveling to Summerville for a rematch on Friday.
“This was only game one, Wallace said. “We just need to fine tune some things and get everyone on the same page.”
In addition to Thomas’ 14 points, which included four 3-pointers, Tairi Major chipped in 11 points and D’Andre Richardson added 8 points for the Stags.
Jenkins finished with a game-high 21 points for the Green Wave and Branden Wilkerson added 14 points in the winning effort.
In the girls’ game, Summerville downed Berkeley 57-25. Tinara Brown’s 13 points led the way for the Lady Green Wave. Zuri Green chipped in 10 points and Ashley Green eight points to help lead Summerville. Priscilla Washington led the Lady Stags with six points and Donni Robinson finished with five points.