Wando fends off Northwood to earn sixth straight win
Jamez Rogers scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter to push the Wando Warriors past the Northwood Academy Chargers Friday in Mount Pleasant.
Wando (6-0) turned a one-point deficit into a 10-point advantage with an 11-2 run through the middle of the third quarter. Rogers paced the Warriors throughout the third and dropped in four points in the final minute to open a 12-point lead heading into the fourth.
“I think (Rogers) saw a need to take over the game and went after it,” Wando head coach David Eaton said. “They were really getting into us but he's a great ball handler and a great finisher and I thought he did a good job.”
Northwood (4-2) pulled within eight of Wando in the opening minutes of the fourth but couldn't slow the Warriors offense long enough to sustain any legitimate comeback attempt. Five different Warriors scored at least two points in the final frame, including four each from Rogers, Matt Pegram and Andrew Glover.
“The way we were playing, we felt fortunate to be tied at halftime,” Eaton said. “We wanted to start the game over mentally in the second half, come out and be the aggressors and I think that's really what did it for us.”
The undersized Chargers took advantage of the Warriors' mistakes early in the game, capitalizing on open lanes to the basket and second-shot opportunities. Daquan Acrum scored 12 points in the first half for Northwood to lead all scorers. The Chargers made several attempts to take control early in the game and took the lead three different times in the second quarter. Each time, Glover rained in a three to either retake the lead or tie the game for Wando. Glover led the Warriors with nine first-half points and finished with 15 on the night.
“We knew they were athletic and had some really good players but I thought we just came out sluggish tonight,” Eaton said. “(Glover) showed his senior leadership when we needed him to take over. He's a really great player, who can do that, and he did a good job tonight.”
The win marks the sixth straight for the Warriors this season. Saturday, they'll travel to Daniel Island to face longtime rival Bishop England (3-2) at 7:30 p.m.
“Tonight was a great tune-up for tomorrow because we didn't play that great and I think it was a little bit of a reality check for us,” Eaton said. “It's always good to get a win but we can't play like that against Bishop England. So we'll go home, think about it tonight and hopefully start the game more mentally prepared tomorrow.”
Lady Warriors fall
The Wando Lady Warriors suffered an 80-38 loss to Northwood in Friday night's opener.
Northwood guard Amber Campbell matched Wando (0-5) herself, scoring a game-high 38 points in the lopsided win. The Wake Forest signee broke the game open early with a 16-point first quarter. Northwood (6-1) established control early with a 17-1 run to start the game. Campbell turned in 13 more in the second quarter to send Northwood into halftime with an 18-point lead.
Dynasty Heyward scored nine and Clare McTighe added eight to lead Wando.
Saturday, the Lady Warriors face the tall order of the undefeated Bishop England Lady Bishops at 5:30 p.m. Bishop England (4-0) has yet to win a game by less than 40 points this season.