Goose Creek heads into holiday break with sweep of Timberland
Often times, measuring a team’s progress is as simplistic as comparing one encounter with another squad with a second game against the same team.
For Goose Creek’s boys, a 25-point turnaround was in order in a rematch against Timberland. The Gators jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first half and coasted to a 54-31 victory on Dec. 18 at GCHS, putting behind them a 57-55 overtime loss to the Wolves in the season opener.
“Hopefully it means we’re progressing and getting better every day,” Gators coach Blake Hall said. “That’s what you hope for as a coach. It doesn’t matter how good you are at the beginning of the year. You just want to keep moving closer to your potential.”
Dantez Bennamon led three Goose Creek players in double figures with 16 points. Jordan McElveen added 11 and Kameron Robinson chipped in 10. Deshawn Evans had seven points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Gators jumped out 12-4 after a quarter and led comfortably 24-7 with 2:21 left in the first half.
“They had their minds ready to go,” Hall said. “It’s about getting mentally prepared for games. I thought we were tonight.”
It was the sixth straight victory for Goose Creek’s boys, who headed into Stall’s Hoops for Hope tournament Dec. 21 with momentum.
They will also play in the annual Roundball Classic after Christmas at North Charleston High School. It’s a return trip to the campus Hall coached at last year. He guided the Cougars to the Class AA title in 2011-12.
“It’s a challenging, challenging tournament,” Hall said. “We’ve got a tough draw. We open up with the city champions from Brooklyn, New York. It’s going to take a major effort from our kids to go in there and pull out something. But I believe in our guys.”
In the girls game, the Lady Gators raced out to a 19-6 lead after a quarter, built that advantage to 39-10 at halftime and cruised to a 58-16 victory. It gave them a 7-0 record heading into the Shootout by the Sea in North Myrtle Beach, which was played after press time.
Jalvin Jones and Ashley Fields led the way with 12 points each, while Alishya Neal-Turner added 10 points.
The Lady Gators play in the Carolina Invitational after Christmas.
“Right now, we’re playing well for this area but we’ve still got a long ways to go,” Goose Creek coach Tim Baldwin said.