Georgetown High’s Charlie McGirt puts in a shot over Stephon DeVeux of Charleston Math and Science during the Bulldogs’ 55-36 victory.
Carvers Bay’s Shayton Durand battles Tredarius McCallum of St. James for a rebound during the Bears’ 59-54 loss.
By Chris Sokoloski
Charlie McGirt had 16 points and 19 rebounds to lead Georgetown High past Charleston Math and Science 55-36 in the second game of the Panther Classic on Wednesday night.
Despite the 19-point victory, Georgetown coach Alvin Walker was not overly enthusiastic about his team's performance.
"I think we've played a lot better than tonight," Walker said. "I think we've been playing good team basketball together and doing a lot of good things."
Eddie Anderson had eight points, four assists and five steals for Georgetown.
"We work hard as a team and we've got a pretty good team all around," Anderson said.
Anthony Blair had seven points and 10 rebounds; A.J. Walker had six points, three assists and three rebounds; Olajuwon Doiley had five points and four rebounds; Stephon Cuttino had four points, five rebounds and three steals; Dae'Quan Gibson had four points; and Michael Billings had four rebounds.
The Bulldogs were coming off a 57-33 win over Hemingway on Tuesday night.
The Georgetown defense held the Tigers to single digits in scoring in all four quarters.
Gibson led the Bulldogs with 10 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Anderson had 10 points, four rebounds and four steals; A.J. Walker had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists; Blair had eight points; Doiley had six points; McGirt had four points; Billings had five rebounds; and Cuttino had three rebounds.
"I think [the season] is going really good," McGirt said.
Georgetown's girls beat Hemingway 41-30.
Taziya Moody had 13 points and five steals to lead the Bulldogs.
Alexis Groves had five points and 15 rebounds; Moet Spann had four points, seven rebounds and three steals; and Justis Evans had eight rebounds.
The Bears lost 59-54 to St. James in the opening game of the Panther Classic on Wednesday night.
The Bears took an early 8-0 lead but the Sharks battled back to take the lead with 3:35 left in the first half, and took a 27-21 lead at halftime.
"I think we came out, we played well," Carvers Bay coach Jeff Mezzatesta said. "I think we were in a little bit of a rut that we just couldn't get ourselves out of. We were in our heads a little bit too much."
St. James came out strong in the second half and went on a 14-7 run to extend the lead to 41-28.
Mezzatesta said sometimes his players think they need to play perfectly and when they don't they get down.
"That shows a little bit of our immaturity, we need to get over that," Mezzatesta said. "We're going to make mistakes, it's how you battle through the mistakes."
The Bears battled back and were down only 55-50 with 1:29 left in the game.
Da'Shaun Aiken's two free throws made the score 55-52 with 29.7 seconds left, but Caleb Duggan made two free throws extend St. James' lead to 57-52.
After a basket by Shayton Durand cut the lead to 57-54, two more Duggan free throws sealed the 59-54 victory.
Aiken had 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Bears.
DeQuan Wilson had 11 points; Shaquan Durand had eight points; Shayton Durand had six points, six rebounds and four steals; Nigel Gamble had five points and four rebounds; Darius Williams had four points and three rebounds; T.J. Myers had four rebounds; and Walter Linnen had three rebounds.
Carvers Bay has been playing in the Panther Classic since its inception.
"We're in the hardest part of the bracket. That's what we wanted," Mezzatesta said. "We came hear to play the best teams from across the area."
The Bears were coming off a 76-56 win over Hannah-Pamplico on Tuesday night.
Carvers Bay dominated the first two quarters and took a 42-15 lead at halftime. The Bears then held on in the second half despite being outscored 41-34.
Shayton Durand led the Bears with 13 points. Linen had 11 points; Shaquan Durand had nine points; Gamble had nine points; Chris Carter had six points; Williams had six points; Donovan Brown had four points; T.J. Myers had four points; and Louis Morant had four points.
The Yellow Jackets lost to St. James 66-64 on Tuesday night. It was the second time in a week the Sharks beat the Yellow Jackets.
Andrews started fast, taking a 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. But the Sharks dominated the second quarter 30-11 to take a 35-25 lead at the half.
The Yellow Jackets won the second half 39-31, but fell two points short of their first victory.
Monte McCrea led Andrews with 18 points. Travis Collins had 17 points; Jackie Wilson had nine points; Jowan Grant had seven points; and Johnel Grant had six points.
Andrews' girls lost 56-40 to St. James.
Latesja Deas had 13 points to lead the Yellow Jackets. Shemeika McCray had eight points; Zanayvia Deas had seven points; and Nyesha Filmore had seven points.
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