Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Wando Warriors fell 77-32 to Linden (N.J.) Monday to place fourth in the Rotary International Bracket of the 21st annual Roundball Classic.
Wando finished 1-2 overall in the three-day tournament at North Charleston High School. A 65-53 opening-night win over Porter-Gaud Friday moved the Warriors into Saturday's semifinal round where they fell short 65-60 against St. John's (D.C.).
“We won't play anybody as good as the last two teams we played and I think it helped expose some things we still need to work on,” Wando head coach David Eaton said. “Now, when we get into our region, we won't be overwhelmed because, hopefully, we learn a lesson from some of this stuff.”
Wando was dominated most of Monday, falling victim to a 30-2 run through the final 10 minutes of the first half. Linden scored 18 points off 11 turnovers and limited the Warriors to just 16 percent shooting through the first 16 minutes.
Linden never trailed in the game and put Warriors away with a 16-5 run through the middle of the second half. Wando coughed up 20 turnovers and allowed Linden to shoot 62 percent and score 24 fast-break points.
Taylor Majewski led Wando with five points, while Matt Pegram finished with five points and six rebounds. Four players scored 10 or more points for Linden. Josh Carter led all scorers with 19 on 77 percent shooting, and Juwan Jones added 16 and three steals.
Wando got off to a slow start Saturday too, but rallied back in what Eaton described as one of the best game's he has ever been a part of.
The Warriors trailed by 22 at halftime but clawed back to within three points with two minutes to play. They opened the second half on a 22-7 run and shot 45 percent from beyond the arc after managing just 9 percent shooting in the first.
Pegram scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the second half. He finished the game with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Jamez Rogers added 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Amp Moore scored 10 with seven rebounds.
Porter-Gaud's K.J. James scored 23 of his game-high 36 points in the first half Friday to help his team to a seven-point advantage at the break. But as Porter-Gaud's star cooled off in the second half, Andrew Glover, Rogers and Amp Moore heated up to help Wando shoot 56 percent from three. The Warriors reclaimed the lead six minutes opened the half on an 8-2 run, reclaimed the lead six minutes in and never trailed again.
Rogers led Wando with 17 points, Pegram added 15 and eight rebounds and Amp Moore scored 13. Wando outrebounded Porter-Gaud 44-26 and scored 20 points off second-chance opportunities.
Eaton says he was happy with how his team competed at different times in the tournament. He says improving consistency throughout a game is a main priority moving forward. Wando travels to Carolina Forest Friday for the first of its last four regular-season games before tipping off its Region VII slate Dec. 17 at Cane Bay.
“Our players and coaches have to bounce back mentally,” Eaton said. “Losing sucks but we have to get over it, work on correcting some of our mistakes and get back to what we do.”
St. John's (D.C.) topped Imhotep (Pa.) 68-54 in the International Bracket championship game, while Goose Creek claimed the Foundation Bracket championship with a 59-51 win over North Gwinnett (Ga.). Follow @fjmansfield //