Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A pair of Jaywuan Washington buckets and two crucial free throws by Dawayne Gadis capped a game-long comeback by the Cross Trojans to keep their hunt for the Region 6A championship alive with a 72-67 win over Charleston Math & Science on Jan. 31 in Cross.
With most of the attention this 2013-2014 basketball season being on the Cross Trojans girls’ basketball team, the boys edition of Trojans basketball has been making some quiet noise in Region 6A.
Don’t look now, but a win this week against Baptist Hill would throw the Trojans into a three-way tie for first place in Region 6A, creating a logjam to rival the one created when they closed the Ravenel Bridge last week.
“The Baptist Hill game is the biggest one by far of the season,” said Gadis. “Both teams knowing this can be an upset but it has come down to who competes the most and wants it more.”
Against Charleston Math & Science, the Trojans shook off the rust and ice from last week’s ice storm to jump out to a quick lead in the first quarter behind five first-quarter points from Gadis, a field goal and hitting three-of-four foul shots.
The Riptide rallied late in the quarter to cut the six-point deficit and take an 18-16 lead after the game’s first eight minutes.
CM&S held serve in the second quarter rallied to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room and would hold the slim lead through most of the second half of this seesaw battle.
The Tide carried a six-point lead deep into the fourth quarter that the Trojans cut to a point with less than 60 ticks on the clock. That’s when Washington took control of the floor.
Down 67-66 with under a minute to play, Washington capped a 6-0 run with a steal and a layup, and then an over-the-shoulder put-back to put the Trojans on top 70-67 with 15 seconds remaining.
Gaddis then stepped to the line and sank both ends of a one-and-one to make it a two-possession score at 72-67 and seal the win for the Trojans.
Washington led all scorers with 25 points while Gaddis chipped in 18 points. Wingman Xavier Steed canned 16 points, which included four three-pointers.
The win improves Cross to just 5-12 for the season, but 4-2 in Region 6A play. The mess that is about to happen this week began with the Trojans losing to first place Baptist Hill 56-46 on the road on Jan. 17, but then beating St. John’s 60-51 just four days later on Jan. 21.
The Islanders then turned around and beat the Bobcats 33-31.
Johns Island and Baptist Hill were to have met for the second time on Feb. 1 for those results were not available by press time.
The Trojans close out the regular season on Friday at Johns Island.
First round of the Class A playoffs begin on Feb. 18 with the Lower State Finals on Mar. 1 at the Florence Civic Center in Florence and the Class A State Championship Game on March 8 at the Colonial Life Center in Columbia.