Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The look on the faces of the Wando Warriors said it all Tuesday night. Stoic, measured, all business.
With No. 6 Goose Creek waiting on Friday, Wando just had to get past Cane Bay Tuesday to set up the potential Region VII championship showdown. So it was basket after basket, rebound after rebound with a few steals and a couple blocks but little emotion as Wando took care of business, 63-27, at home.
The 36 point-margin of victory is the largest of the season for Wando. Cane Bay's 27 points scored are the fewest the Warriors have allowed. Wando's bench started to take the floor just four minutes into the game and the rotations switched often. All 17 players played, 13 scored.
“We really used it as a chance to shore up some things before we get to that Goose Creek game,” Wando head coach David Eaton said. “We tired some different things. We figured some stuff out and some stuff that didn't work, so it was good game for that.”
Wando (18-3, 5-0) opened the game on a 12-0 run with Jamez Rogers and Amp Moore matching threes from opposite corners. Cane Bay (5-13, 1-5) didn't find its first points until under the two-minute mark of the first quarter. Five different Warriors connected from three in the first half to help Wando build a 13-point lead by halftime.
Cane Bay didn't score more than nine points in any quarter and was limited to just one made field goal in the fourth. Of the 13 players Cane Bay rotated, only two scored more than three points, Devin Kilgore with 10 and Louis Rivers with seven.
Rogers led all scorers with 12 points, Taylor Majewski added seven and Matt Pegram six for Wando. Twelve Warriors scored at least two points, eight with at least five. No team in Region VII has come within 20 points of defeating Wando this season.
“We come ready every night and our guys have done everything we asked them to do and that's the results, these wins,” Eaton said.
Those wins have aligned Wando and Goose Creek for Friday's Region VII clash. With a win, Wando locks up its third region championship in four years. A loss would create a tie with Goose Creek for first place. Wando finishes the regular season at Stratford and against West Ashley remaining, while Goose Creek ends at Cane Bay. If the two finish the season tied in the region, the championship and higher playoff seed is awarded to the team with the greater margin of victory in the series between the two. Wando defeated Goose Creek by 34 points in the first meeting.
“We're a top-five team, they're a top-five so it's going to be a slugfest,” Eaton said. “It's on their home court this time but we've won a big one over there before. We love going in there and we're looking forward to it Friday.”