High School Sports

Goose Creek beats Gaffney 63-58

Phillip Jenkins scored 33 points to lead Goose Creek to its first boys' Class 4A state championship with a 63-58 victory over Gaffney on Friday night.

The Gators (27-2), who closed the season with 15 consecutive wins, lost in the finals to Rock Hill in 2006 in their only other championship appearance. Gaffney (24-3), which won three state championships from 2003-2005, had its 19-game winning streak snapped.

Curtis Washington finished with 10 points for Goose Creek.

Jeff Brown led Gaffney with 17 points and Josh Corry and Chase Smith had 15 each.

Jenkins, a senior, scored 13 points in the first half to give Goose Creek a 26-15 halftime lead, and then had an answer every time the Indians made a charge in the second half.

A 10-4 run to begin the second half brought Gaffney within five in the third quarter. But Jenkins scored five during a 9-2 run to push the lead back to 12 points late in the third.

In the fourth quarter, Jenkins became a one-man offensive show. He scored 13 of the Gators' 22 points in the final quarter and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute.

Goose Creek finished 10-of-12 from the free-throw line, and never trailed after a 15-2 run to close the first quarter gave them a 15-7 lead.

The closest the Indians got was 52-50 on a three-point play by Smith with 1:58 remaining. Zantonio Wilson answered with a layup on a pass from Jenkins and it never got closer than three points the rest of the way.

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