Stags notch OT win over James Island
Berkeley guard Dee Hartley made a few long distance calls in the third quarter of the Berkeley-James Island basketball game.
The three-point kind.
Harley’s four baskets from behind the three-point arc in the third quarter and 16 second-half points helped the Stags overcome a 15-point third quarter deficit to upend James Island 52-47 in overtime.
Harley also added a fifth trey in the overtime period that gave Berkeley the lead for good.
“The guys showed a lot of heart and perseverance last night,” said BHS coach Joe Wallace. “They hung in there and believed in what we were trying to do.”
The night began as a potential disaster, with Berkeley falling behind 15-8 in the first quarter and 26-18 at the half. Berkeley closed the gap to 15-13 following a D’Andre Richardson three-pointer but the Trojans went on a 6-0 run late in the second quarter to take an eight-point lead into the locker room.
“At halftime, I didn't talk about offense at all,” Wallace said. “I stressed to them how important it was for us to buckle down and get stops on defense.”
The second half didn’t start that way as James Island put together another run in the third quarter, threatening to blow the game wide open to take a 39-24 lead midway through the frame.
Then Harley got hot.
Dialing up a trifecta of treys, Harley cut the lead to 10 points at 39-29.
Down by eight at 41-33 to start the fourth quarter, the Stags defense clamped down holding James Island to just two fourth quarter points as Berkeley came back to tie the game in regulation 43-43.
Harley’s fifth three-pointer of the night kicked off the OT period, giving the Stags the lead for good. A Richardson layup at the 2:15 mark of overtime put BHS up 48-43 to help seal the win.
Harley’s 16 points led all scorers. Tairi Major added eight points and Tyrahn Bradford chipped in seven to pace the Stags offense.
“We definitely turned it up in the second half,” Wallace said. “We held them to two points in the fourth quarter. We have some momentum now going in to a big region game Friday at home against Orangeburg-Wilkinson.”
The win improves the Stags to 6-8 overall and 2-1 in Region 8AAA. Berkeley was to host Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday but due to early deadlines because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday game results were not available at press time.
The Stags travel to Stall on Tuesday and host Hilton Head in Region 8AAA games on Friday.