Pinewood Prep basketball coach Pat Eidson knew there would be days like this. Fortunately, they are far and few between.
Eidson watched as Charlotte Christian scorched the nets and his Pinewood Panthers, 80-34, Thursday afternoon during the 20th annual Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic.
“This was rough,” said Eidson, one of only four coaches in South Carolina high school history to win 700 games. “I’ve had games like this, but not too many.”
Charlotte Christian took a 51-11 halftime lead, hitting 11 of 16 from 3-point land. Charlotte Christian hit 58 percent from the field, and finished with 65 percent from behind the arc.
It was a tough night for the five locals teams that competed at North Charleston High School. All five lost and that included Summerville, a team that dropped a 66-48 decision to Georgia powerhouse Roswell.
“We were excited to be invited,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “We knew Roswell is very good. They play in a conference near Atlanta that is like the SEC of high school basketball.
“It’s good for the kids to be in a big-time tournament. The competition is tough, but it’s better to be at home than spend three nights in a hotel.”
In other games: Our Lady of Good Counsel beat James Island 63-45, Mount St. Joseph beat Stratford 90-51, and Thomas Jefferson beat Goose Creek 101-64.
Charlotte Christian 80, Pinewood Prep 34
Charlotte Christian upped its record to 8-4 with the easy win over Pinewood Prep.
Matthew Fisher-Davis led the way with 26 points and three assists. He hit 10 of 15 from the field and 5 of 6 from 3-point land. Patrick Rooks was right behind with 25 points and two steals.
Charlotte Christian’s biggest lead was 52 points and the Knights played everybody as no player played more than 19 minutes. They also dominated inside, outscoring Pinewood Prep 32-18. Ironically, Charlotte Christian made only 5 of 14 from the foul line.
Ryan Felder was the only Panther in double figures. He scored 13 points, hitting 6 of 10 from the field. He also grabbed seven of his team’s 31 rebounds.
Roswell 66, Summerville 48
Roswell jumped to a 45-22 halftime lead and never looked back as the Hornets improved to 7-4.
Roswell won the inside battle. The Hornets outscored the Green Wave 38-24 in the paint and 12-5 in second-chance points.
Matt Beneducci led the win with 15 points and four steals. Sean Brennan collected 14 points and four assists.
Christian Kalacanic led Summerville with 20 points, hitting 8 of 13 from the field. Brandon Wilkerson collected 11 points and five of the team’s 26 rebounds.
Our Lady 63, James Island 45
The Falcons had four players in double figures led by Byron Hawkins with 15 points. JP Boyle had 14 rebounds and 11 points.
Brady Schuck had 19 points for James Island and Lyles Davis chipped in with 14.
Our Lady of Good Counsel High received a scare when freshman guard Anthony Cowan drove to the basket on a layup attempt and collided with a James Island player and crashed to the court, with his head hitting the wooden floor.
He was down for 10 minutes when Charleston County EMS arrived. EMS personnel put him on a backboard and placed a brace around his neck. He was transported to MUSC and was released after observation.
Mount St. Joseph 90, Stratford 51
Ohio State bound Kameron Williams led Mount St. Joseph to the easy win with 25 points, hitting 11 of 20 from the field.
The Gaels out rebounded the Knights 43-26 and shot 49 percent from the field.
Kyle Doran added 13 in the win while Charlie Jones, Phil Booth and Jaylen Adams all scored 12.
Demetre Rivers of Stratford led all scorers with 27 points. He connected on 11 of 18 from the field.
Thomas Jefferson 101, Goose Creek 64
Thomas Jefferson set a Roundball record for points in a single game with the victory over Goose Creek.
The Brooklyn school had seven players in double figures: Laquan Lynch scored 20; Jermoine Faison 17; Kareem Johnakin 15; Mike Watson 15; Davonte Wilson 13 and Patrick Brown 12.
The winners hit 14 of 23 3-point attempts.