Chevez Goodwin put a cap on his high school basketball career Saturday and already is looking ahead to his future.
Goodwin scored 17 points and earned MVP honors in helping the White team to a 103-100 overtime win over the Blue team Saturday in Capital City Boys All-Star Classic. The game was part of the inaugural South Carolina Hoops Festival at Heathwood Hall.
The Hammond senior signed to play at College of Charleston, and wants to be playing next season at this time in hopes of helping the Cougars earn a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first since 1999. College of Charleston went 17-14 this year and lost in the second round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to eventual champion UNC Wilmington.
But there is reason for optimism. The Cougars lose only one senior and coach Earl Grant was given a two-year contract extension this week through the 2019-20 season.
“This time next year, hopefully we will be an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament,” Goodwin said. “I’m ready for the next chapter of my life, going down to Charleston and hopefully turn that program around.”
Goodwin averaged 18.9 points and 12 rebounds this season in helping the Skyhawks to a national ranking in two different polls. Hammond lost its bid to repeat as SCISA 3A champions by losing to Northwood in the semifinals.
Goodwin said it was a tough couple hours following the loss, but looked at things in perspective.
“It is bittersweet to end like that, but that’s basketball and things like that happen,” Goodwin said. “I cried for about an hour afterwards, but it wasn’t the end of the world. I got one state championship. Most kids I played with today couldn’t say they had one state championship.”
Gray Collegiate’s Ian Kinard added 14 and Hammond’s Jonathan Yuchmow had 13 for the White team, which trailed 68-54 at halftime.
Westwood’s Jordan Watson led the Blue with 16 points.
Blue 87, White 70: Dreher’s Jhileiya Dunlap capped an impressive week by scoring 21 points and capturing MVP honors in helping the Blue team to a victory.
In a seven-day span, Dunlap helped the Blue Devils win a state title, was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and won MVP honors in the all-star game. She will play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic next week.
Fairfield Central’s Tanise Davis led the White team with 13 points.
JUNIOR SHOWCASE BOYS
West 136, East 130: Byrnes’ Hayden Brown scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to grab MVP honors for the West squad.
Crestwoods’s Temetrius Morant led the West with 23 points, and Lower Richland’s Ja’Cor Nelson added 21.
Keenan’s Tariq Simmons led the East with 24 points, and North Carolina commit Jalek Felton added 23.
West 90, East 89: Wilson’s Shamiyah Barnes hit two free throws in the final minute of the game to give the West the victory.
Barnes was named MVP after scoring a game-high 21 points. Dreher’s Jaelynn Murray had 16 points
Ridge View’s Erica Tisdale led the East with 18 points.
CAPITAL CITY ALL-STAR GAME
White 103, Blue 100 (OT)
White: Xavier Miller 9, Chevez Goodwin 17, Tyler Brevard 6, Jamie Clarke 9, Jalon Cokley 11, Ta’Vonne Bond 3, Michael Turner 8, Dre’Von Sweat 11, Daniel Gillins 8, Jason Rumph 4, Ian Kinard 14, Jonathan Yuchmow 13. Blue: Cainan Griffin 14, Kendale Hampton 8, Noah Harper 12, Eli Lake 2, Tajh Green 14, Jordan Watson 16, T.J. Knight 5, Brandon Davis 14, Lamondre Corley 4, Trae Churn 11, Khalil Lewis 4, Brandon Adams 6.
Blue 87, White 70
Blue: Gennell Addison 4, Dejah Williford 6, Kaitlin Pickens 9, Breia Jackson 12, Ryan Scott 3, Demeatris Bryant 8, Le’on Hill 10, Lauren Harley 8, Kaleah Hires 2, Shakira Carter 4, Jhileiya Dunlap 21. White: Christian Hithe 9, Olivia Anderson 9, Tanise Davis 13, Destinee Langford 8, Shantay Taylor 5, Shakori Jennings-Shuler 5, Taylor Foulks 6, Taylor Toney 3, Bayleigh Ponds 6, Dominique Hill 7.
West 136, East 130
East: Jalek Felton 23, Duane Moss 12, Bryce Schneider 6, Jalen Cameron 10, Deshawn Thomas 4, Duncan LeXander 12, Tariq Simmons 24, Kaiden Rice 12, R.J. Gunn 6, Josh Caldwell 16, Darius Bryant 5. West: A.J. Oliver 7, Jason Cudd 2, Jordan Davis 3, Temetrius Morant 23, Keith Matthews 6, Ja’Cor Nelson 21, Vincent Cole 10, Christiaan Jones 12, Justin Busby 14, Hayden Brown 20, Clyde Trapp 14, Brandon Martin 14.
West 90, East 89
East: Jaelynn Murray 16, Kamryn Lemon 11, Bryanna Goodson 8, Cailah Hicklin 9, Shamiyah Barnes 21, Khamale Manning 4, Brittani McDonald 12, Alexis Sowell 5, A. Johnson 4. West: Kameron Roach 10, Mariah Linney 16, Diamon Shiflet 11, Erica Tisdale 18, Armanii Grice 11, M. Murray 4, J. Mehan 11, Tori Handerson 1, Ashley Planner 10.