Tuesday, January 14, 2014
No one would blame Coach Joe Wallace if he felt a little jinxed playing Summerville and Goose Creek.
The Stags of late have had trouble putting up a decent four quarters against the Green Wave and Gators and the Jan. 7 game with Summerville proved no different.
The game started out as a classic shootout. Twine blistering, though the final score, 60-47, in favor of the Green Wave, indicated otherwise.
“We just can’t seem to get over the hump when it comes to Summerville and Goose Creek in basketball,” Wallace said. “I told my guys that I think it is more of a mental thing when it comes to competing against those two teams.”
Wallace had to ask his Stags if they were ready to play at the conclusion of his pregame pep talk.
“I have never had to do that before,” he said. “I knew we were in for a long night.”
The game started off like a playground game of “Chicken” with Summerville holding a slight 16-13 lead at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
The Green Wave’s Christian Kalacanic threw down 12 of his 16 points in the first half, 10 points in the quarter alone. John Jenkins canned 11 of his 16 points in the first half, hitting three three-pointers.
The Stags’ Dee Harley matched Kalacanic and Jenkins with nine first half points on three 3-pointers as well, six coming in the game’s first frame.
The Stags spread the wealth from long distance in the first half with Matthew Harkness and Keyshawn Matthews connecting from beyond the arc to keep Berkeley close, going into the locker room trailing by a bucket, 28-26.
“We kept it close in the first half,” Wallace said. “The mental meltdown came in the second half. We did not do a good job of playing sound team defense.”
In the second half the Stags turned stone cold, falling behind by eight in the third quarter 36-28.
Alex Taylor picked up the scoring slack from inside tossing down 12 of his 14 points in the third quarter when Berkeley suddenly could not score from outside. Of the Stags 21 points, only nine belonged to someone other than Taylor.
The Green Wave though, kept up the pressure.
“Summerville always seems to shoot the ball well against us and Tuesday night’s game was no different,” Wallace said. “We had break downs defensively and they took advantage of every opportunity. That’s what a good team is supposed to do.”
Taylor was the BHS player to tally in double figures with 14 points. Harley added nine.
Jenkins and Kalacanic shared game-high honors for Summerville with 16 points apiece. Timmy Singleton added 14 points for the Green Wave.
With the loss the Stags dropped to 7-6 on the year going into the start of Region 7AAA action this week.
“Going into this next part of our season, we must recommit ourselves to playing better team defense,” Wallace said. “My coaching staff and I are still looking for that player or players who will sell out on the defensive end to lock down the other team’s scorer.”