The Goose Creek Gators had their sights set on a trophy and got the one they wanted.
Kameron Robinson scored a game-high 19 points and nailed several clutch baskets to help power the Gators to a 48-36 victory over Summerville in the championship game of the Hoops for Hope tournament at Stall High School on Monday, Dec. 23.
Dantez Bennamon added 11 and Jordan McElveen 10 for the Gators (7-1).
“The younger guys have really matured,” Goose Creek basketball coach Blake Hall said. “Dantez doesn’t have to do as much. That takes a load off his shoulders and he doesn’t mind making that extra pass to a teammate.”
Robinson was there to squash every Summerville threat.
The Gators raced out to a 14-6 lead after a quarter, with the final bucket banging off the glass and in from beyond mid-court from McElveen.
The Green Wave (6-2) never led in the first half, trailing 19-15 at the break, and only briefly led in the third quarter, 21-19, after a bucket by Christian Kalacnic.
But Robinson answered Kalacnic with a 3-point play to put the Gators out front, 22-21. It ignited a 10-0 run to end the quarter. Robinson, named all-tournament, capped the run with a 3-pointer at the horn to make it 29-21 after three quarters.
Summerville rallied to knot the score at 33-33 on Kawuan Cox’s 3-point play with 4:27 left. Robinson then stuck a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Gators out front again and had one of two quick buckets in transition as Goose Creek built a 40-33 lead. The Gators iced it with eight free throws in the final minute.
“Goose Creek is very good,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “Their quickness really hurt us. We didn’t really get into our offense because they smothered the basketball. But that’s why you come to tournaments and play good people… We felt like tonight was our mid-term exam. We wanted to see if we had closed the gap on them.”
John Jenkins had 12 points and Kalacnic added eight for the Green Wave.
Both Goose Creek and Summerville were scheduled to play in the Roundball Classic after Christmas.