Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Wando Warriors knocked off the No. 7 Summerville Green Wave 60-55 in overtime Tuesday in the home opener at the Chop House in Mount Pleasant.
Matthew Pegram scored five of Wando’s eight points in overtime and pulled down a big rebound late to secure the Warriors’ fourth straight win. Pegram sat in foul trouble toward the end of regulation but returned in the final minutes to reclaim control of the post and play a key role in forcing overtime. He finished with a team-high 12 points, scoring nine after halftime, to go with three blocks and 10 rebounds.
“He just took it upon himself to grab everything,” Wando head coach David Eaton said. “He was talking on the bench about grabbing every rebound when he went back in and he really tried to do that. He’s matured as a player and I’m just really proud of the way he played tonight.”
Wando (4-0) looked ready to blow the game open early, raining in six threes through the first quarter. Andrew Glover and Taylor Majewski both dropped in two while Raekwon McFadden and Alex Terrell added one each. Playing a stingy full-court press, Wando closed the quarter on a 12-3 run to take an 11-point lead into the break.
Christian Kalacanic and John Jenkins combined to score 23 points through the second and third quarter to help the Green Wave outscore the Warriors 31-24 through the span and climb back into the game. The third quarter saw six lead changes in the final three minutes before Amp Moore came off the bench to give the Warriors a four-point lead with a three at the buzzer.
“Relentless,” Eaton said. “These guys are relentless. Things just weren’t clicking on offense for us the last three quarters but we kept going at it instead of hanging our heads. We kept shooting and kept attacking. That was really great to see.”
With Wando trailing by two with less than two minutes to play, Jamez Rogers knocked down two free throws to tie the game. Out of a timeout, Summerville looked to end the game with the last shot but Majewski came up with a block on the baseline to force the extra quarter.
Seven different Warriors scored at least six points Tuesday. Majewski turned in 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks; Rogers added seven points , six rebounds and two steals; McFadden and Terrell both scored seven and Glover added six.
Jenkins finished with 19 points for Summerville, while Kalacanic added 17.
“Instead of coming out shy and scared against a top-10 ranked team, it says a lot about our guys that they took it as a challenge to beat these guys because they believed they could do it,” Eaton said. “I’m proud of what these guys have done so far this season. Somehow we need to keep the focus that they have right now and ride this out and keep going.”
Friday, Wando travels to James Island Charter to face the Trojans at 8:30 p.m.
Wando girls fall
The Wando Lady Warriors dropped their home opener 61-37 to Summerville Tuesday.
Wando (0-3) fell behind early in the first quarter as Summerville opened the game on a 13-4 run. The Warriors trimmed Summerville’s lead down to five halfway through the second quarter but wouldn’t come any closer the rest of the night as turnovers and missed shots plagued their offense.
With the first basket of the fourth quarter, Summerville took a 20-point lead it’d maintain throughout the final eight minutes.
Courtney Wood led the Warriors with 11 points; Clare McTighe turned in eight and Kimberly Small scored seven. Heather Chapman paced Summerville with 18 while Zuri Green added 14.
The Lady Warriors tips off at James Island Charter Friday at 7:30 p.m.