Buzzer beater lifts Green Wave over Gators
The Green Wave boys’ basketball team’s drought against Goose Creek came to an end Friday.
After trailing for much of the game, Summerville made a bucket just before the buzzer for the fourth period to claim a 52-51 win over the Gators.
“This is my first win against Goose Creek,” Summerville senior Brandon Wilkerson said. “I’ve been with the varsity three years and all our games with them have been single-digit games so it feels great to finally come out on top.”
Summerville’s John Jenkins, who made four three-point shots in the fourth period, hit a pair of free throws with 59 seconds left to put the Green Wave up 50-49. Goose Creek answered with 15 seconds remaining when Jordan McElveen drove the lane for a basket and a one-point Gator lead.
“Our goal on the last defensive possession was to double team Dantez Bennamon and make someone else beat us,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “He drove and passed to McElveen, who then drove to the basket to score.”
With 6.9 seconds remaining Summerville called a timeout. The inbound pass went to Jenkins, who passed to Timmy Singleton. He faked a pass, penetrated and then dished to Wilkerson on the block. Wilkerson went up strong for the game-winning basket. The buzzer sounded before Goose Creek could even inbound the ball.
“Our guys just made a big play at the end,” Elliott said. “In the huddle we called two plays, one if they went man-to-man and one if they went zone. They really lunged at John so he passed to Timmy who was able to get the ball inside to Brandon. We lost to Goose Creek just like that so many times so it is great for our kids to be the ones celebrating in the locker room. We lost a close one to them just last week so it’s good to beat them and to be 10-4.”
After missing six shots from behind the arc earlier in the game, Jenkins scored 14 points in the final period to finish with a game-high 22 points. Wilkerson added 11 for Summerville. Bennamon led the Gators (11-3) with 16 points while McElveen added 11.
The Gators jumped ahead 7-2 early in the opening period with a pair of three-pointers from Shaquille Patrick and Chris Singleton and a free throw from Deshawn Evans. Then Summerville rallied, getting buckets from Jenkins, Wilkerson and Singleton to cut the lead to 2 at the end of the period.
That momentum carried into the second period and the Wave got big shots from Christian Kalacanic and Singleton to claim a 21-14 lead. But the lead didn’t hold as Bennamon scored the next five points and Patrick hit a 3 to return the lead to the Gators. Goose Creek then took a 27-23 lead into the half.
The scoring was spread around in the third period and the Gators managed to extend their lead slightly, taking a 39-34 advantage into the final period.
Goose Creek was able to get several second-chance shots in the fourth. McElveen came up big for the Gators down the stretch, but Jenkins turned in an even better performance for the Wave.
Around the two-minute mark, McElveen hit a pair of free throws to give the Gators a four-point lead. Jenkins hit his fourth 3 with 1:35 remaining to pull his team within a point. Summerville then blocked a Goose Creek shot and forced a turnover. Jenkins was fouled on the other end of the court with 59 seconds remaining to set up the thrilling finish.