Wade Hampton Generals host the JL Mann Patriots for Basketball action January 9 ,2015
For three quarters Friday night, J.L. Mann dictated the tempo and stayed right with fifth-ranked Wade Hampton.
But the fourth quarter belonged to the Generals, who exhibited some nifty passing and their defensive prowess and polished off a 50-29 victory in a Region 2-AAAA game at John Ross Gymnasium.
With patience on offense and Zach Watson scoring 11 of his 13 points in the first two quarters, the Patriots trailed 22-21 at halftime.
Wade Hampton (10-1, 4-0) stepped up its defense in the third quarter, but Mann was still within range at 32-27.
“We had it exactly where we wanted it,” Mann coach Jeff Craft said. “But when you’re not hitting shots and you fall behind, you’ve got to try and play a little bit faster, and that’s not what we’re got at. They did a good job defensively, and then there wasn’t much we could do about it.”
The Generals also increased their offensive efficiency. Preston Parks drove the left baseline and lofted a pass to Micheal Wiper for an easy basket. Jaylan Eichelberger pulled a defender toward him and then lobbed a pass to Jalen Williams, whose dunk made it 36-27.
Williams scored on a put-back, Parks nailed a 3-pointer from deep on the right wing and the Generals had a comfortable 41-27 advantage.
Wade Hampton scored 18 consecutive points in the quarter and 20 in all. Malcolm Page dropped in a short jumper with five seconds left to prevent Mann (5-7, 1-3) from being shut out in the quarter.
“Our starters gave up six points in 15 minutes. That’s not bad,” Wade Hampton coach Darryl Nance said.
Wiper finished with 16 points and Williams had 10, but it was the defense that impressed Nance.
“I think the biggest thing is they understand their roles,” Nance said. “Jack (Brenegan) is such a tough defender. If he makes a shot, great, but he’s fundamentally sound at moving the ball, and he’s such a great defensive catalyst for us on the wing.
“And Eich pressuring the ball, Jalen in the lane, Wiper’s 6-5, Preston has such good court sense — that’s why we’re able to play such good defense.”
•Sarah Beth Epting scored 14 points, and Wade Hampton’s girls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 53-46 victory.
The Generals led 51-29 after what Wade Hampton coach Eric Burrow called “probably the best three quarters we’ve played.” The Patriots closed the gap in the fourth quarter against the Generals’ reserves.
“We’ve had a good, solid week of practice, good intense practices,” Burrow said. “The girls have responded, they’ve played hard, with good attitudes, and I think it’s going to pay off in the second half of the season.”
Bre Watts scored 10 points and Jada Kinlaw nine points for Wade Hampton (9-5, 3-1). Monyai Eichelberger scored 23 points to lead Mann (2-11, 0-4).