There have been scores of talented teams in the 20-year history of the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic.
Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic at a Glance
Roundball Classicat North Charleston High SchoolWednesday’s resultsPorter-Gaud 63, West Ashley 48Wando 72, North Charleston 37Franklin Temple 62, Charleston Collegiate 51Today’s GamesRoswell vs. Summerville, 2:30 p.m.Charlotte Christian vs. Pinewood Prep, 4 p.m.Our Lady of Good Counsel vs. James Island, 5:30 p.m.Mount St. Joseph vs. Stratford, 7 p.m.Thomas Jefferson vs. Goose Creek, 8:30 p.m.
But no squad has had the endurance and talent to win three championship trophies.
That could change if the opening night of play is any indication. Wando, which won a title in 1995 and 2010, got off to a great start with an easy 72-37 victory over the tournament’s host school North Charleston on Wednesday night. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) is the only other school with two titles.
Wando coach David Eaton said his team would love to accomplish the hat trick, but it’s something the Warriors don’t dwell on.
“We know the field is different every year,” Eaton said after his team upped its record to 9-4. “We want to win the Roundball, but we don’t talk about it a lot. We don’t say we have to win three or four of these championships, but it would be nice.”
The Warriors won 24 games last year, but this cast is different. The team has some older, mature players and some young players with potential.
“Last year, at this time, we were set because of all the veterans,” Eaton said. “This year, we are still trying to figure things out. The No. 1-A thing we want to get out of this tournament is to get better for region play. We think we can make a deep run in the playoffs. Ultimately, that’s why we do this because the Roundball Classic has the atmosphere of the state championship games.”
Eric Wagenlander led the Warriors with 13 points, hitting 5 of 7 from the field. Aaron Brown hit all five of his field goal attempts and finished with 11 points.
Turnovers were the difference. The Warriors had 11 and North Charleston committed 23. Wando outscored North Charleston, 26-7, off turnovers. Wando also had a much better shooting night, hitting 44 percent of its field goal attempts, while North Charleston managed just 23 percent from the field.
North Charleston, the defending Class AA state champion, fell to 2-7.
Josh Gantt led the Cougars with 15 points, hitting 5 of 11 from the field.
In other first-round games on Wednesday, Porter-Gaud cruised past West Ashley, 63-38, and Northwood Temple Academy from Fayetteville, N.C., topped Charleston Collegiate 62-51.
Wando (72): Price 4, Alston 6, Aaron Brown 11, Majewski 6, Eric Wagenlander 13, Glover 6, Harvin 4, Kimball 5, Harris-Johnson 4, Terrell 9, Moore 4
North Charleston (37): Levine 2, Moody 4, Simmons 3, Raynor 1, Josh Gantt 15, Coleman 8, Mack 4
Wando 38 34—72
North Charleston 13 24—37
Records: Wando 9-4. North Charleston 2-7.
Porter-Gaud 63, West Ashley 48
Porter-Gaud, a SCISA powerhouse, stunned the High School League’s No. 2 Class AAAA team with a 47.7 percent night from the field to gain its seventh victory in eight games.
All-State candidate K.J. James was a force on offense and defense. He hit 9 of 13 from the field and 9 of 9 from the foul line and made his only 3-point attempt to finish with 28 points. He grabbed eight rebounds.
Michael Preddy also had a big game with 14 points He hit 5 of 6 from the field including a 3-point goal. He grabbed nine of the Cyclones’ 31 rebounds.
Porter-Gaud (7-1) led from start to finish and took a 31-19 lead at halftime.
West Ashley, which shot 36 percent from the field, fell to 11-2.
Kevin Sobiesuo led the Wildcats with 16 points. Ernest Heyward scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Donte June came off the bench to grab 12 of his team’s 32 rebounds.
Porter-Gaud (63): Skelly 5, Byrd 5, Michael Preddy 14, Smalls 9, KJ James 28, Cochrane 2
West Ashley (48): Ernest Heyward 11, Mallard 6, Kevin Sobiesuo 16, Zorn 6, Glenn 6, Fields 3
Porter-Gaud 31 32—63
West Ashley 19 29—48
Records: West Ashley 11-2. Porter-Gaud 7-1.
Northwood Temple 62, Chas. Collegiate 51
Northwood Temple, from Fayetteville, N.C., picked up a victory over Charleston Collegiate.
Northwood Temple (12-5) held a 39-26 advantage in rebounding and shot 44 percent from the field.
Macoumba Cane led the winners with 21 points. Sidy Mohamed Djitte scored 13 points and collected 13 rebounds. Dominiqu Kelman-Poto collected 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Khalil Davis led the Sun Devils (9-4) with 20 points, hitting 7 of 15 from the field. Je’Quan Perry scored 15 points and Ty Solomon had 10.
NORTHWOOD TEMPLE 62, CHARLESTON COLLEGIATE 51
Northwood Temple (62): Macoumba Kane 21, Dominique Kelman-Poto 10, Sidy Mohamed Djitte 13, Totten 5, Moore 4, Madison 9
Charleston Collegiate (51): Je’Quan Perry 15, McClain 6, Khalil Davis 20, Ty Solomon 10
Northwood Temple 37 26—62
Char. Collegiate 21 30—51
Records: Northwood Temple 12-5. Charleston Collegiate 9-4.