Monday, January 14, 2013
First-year Goose Creek High School boys basketball coach Blake Hall expected some bumps in the road.
His team has only had one so far, though, and has bounced back nicely.
The Gators defeated Berkeley 72-48 on Monday night for their third consecutive victory after starting the Hall era with a 57-55 overtime loss to Timberland on Dec. 4. They defeated Berkeley 53-41 a night later then blew out Hanahan 76-44 on Friday for the first two wins in the current streak.
“It’s going to be a growing experience,” Hall said. “I’ve got three young men that have seen varsity court time. The rest of them are really inexperienced … you could see the shell shock in the first game.”
Against Berkeley on Monday, the Gators used a 10-0 run at the end of the first half to build a 31-17 halftime advantage and continued to pull away over the final two periods. Dantez Bennamon led the way with 18 points, while Shaquille Patrick scored 11 points. Chris Singleton added nine points and forward Walter McNeil had eight points.
In the home win over the Hawks on Friday, Patrick led the way with 14 points. Bennamon and Kameron Robinson chipped in 12 points apiece. Jordan McElveen also reached double figures with 11, while Singleton scored eight points.
“The kids are getting a little more comfortable,” he said.
The Gators host Fort Dorchester on Wednesday night before traveling to Hanahan on Friday night. Hall’s team gets a second chance against Timberland at GCHS on Dec. 18.