Region VII-AAA is now in a logjam.
Following an energetic 59-51 win over St. James on Tuesday – and a North Myrtle Beach 73-48 loss to Wilson – the Georgetown boys basketball team gained major ground in the region.
“It was a huge momentum boost,” said Bulldogs coach Alvin Walker, whose team improved to 4-3 in region play. “Now the region is wide open, and we’re in the midst of it. We had four region games left – with three of those on the road – and we still got two left on the road so this is a real big one trying to make the playoffs. Last year was the first year in about nine years that we didn’t make the playoffs, so that was a sour note.
“We’re just trying to getting back to playing hard-nosed Georgetown basketball. We’re known as the ‘steel town’ so we put on our hard hats and steel toe boots and we got to go to work; that’s our motto.”
North Myrtle Beach still holds a lead in the region at 5-2. Meanwhile, St. James, Georgetown and Myrtle Beach are now tied at 4-3 in the region. Wilson is just another game back at 3-4.
“That was a big one for us,” Walker said. “Beating one of the top teams in the region in their house was real big for us. One of the biggest things for us is our good free throw shooting. I thought [St. James coach Monty Carr] did a great job going through the strategy; he probably knew our reputation for knocking them down. But, I think the guys stepped up and made some big free throws.”
The game was very tight early on, with no team taking a clear advantage.
Until the third quarter, that is.
Georgetown started to knock down its shots, and the Sharks couldn’t get in rhythm as the Bulldogs started to pull away.
“I thought we [wore them] down,” Walker said. “We got some good athletes and I wanted to unleash them to see if they could guard those [star players]. It wasn’t easy but I thought they stepped up to the task.”
Junior Dae’Quan Gibson led the way for the Bulldogs as he collected a game-high 18 points.
“He stepped up big for us,” Walker said. “I saw it coming. He’s been getting better and better as the season progressed and he really stepped up his game. He was getting into the lane and making things happen. I thought he played an outstanding game. I told [my guys] this was going to be his team and we’re going to go as far as he can lead us in doing the little things and I thought he did a great job at that.”
Caleb Duggan gathered a team-high 15 points for the Sharks, and Russ Sansbury scored 14.
“They’re a great team; they’re never going to quit,” Walker said. “Coach Carr is one of the better young coaches in the state and Duggan is one of the better players in the area. So, it’s really good getting a quality win against a great team on the road.”