Wset Ashley struggles, but comes up with win over Cane Bay
BY PHILIP M. BOWMAN
West Ashley’s boys struggled in the first half of Friday night’s basketball game against Cane Bay.
The Wildcats, a team with impressive talent and a solid resume, went scoreless for more than five minutes in the second quarter and fell behind 20-16 against the Cobras, a team searching and struggling to get to .500.
But just when you thought the Cobras had a chance for the upset against the top-10 team, Ernest Heyward took over and helped the host Wildcats gain a 53-49 victory.
West Ashley coach Ronnie DuPre wasn’t impressed with his team’s effort.
“We handled the ball really poorly,” DuPre said. “It was a poor performance for late January. I think we clinched a spot in the playoffs. But if we play like this in February, it’s going to be a short run.”
Down by four, 20-16, with 2:25 left in the first half, Heyward scored a 3-point play the old-fashioned way to cut the deficit to one point.
But he wasn’t done. He stole the ball on the Cobras’ next possession and scored to give West Ashley a 21-20 lead. With 2:07 left, Heyward scored on an inbounds pass to make it a 23-20 game. The Wildcats reeled off six more points before the buzzer and took a 29-20 lead into the locker room.
“Other than that run where we took care of the ball, we didn’t have a spurt where we played like a winning basketball team,” DuPre said. “Cane Bay shot the ball well and played good defense. But I think this was more about us not playing up to our potential.”
The victory gave the Wildcats a 17-4 record, including 4-1 in Region 7-AAAA. Cane Bay fell to 6-11, 1-4.
Heyward led West Ashley with 21 points, with 15 coming in the first half.
Sophomore guard Luis Rivers led Cane Bay with 20 points, connecting on three 3-point goals.
Cane Bay (49): L. Rivers 20, Hammond 4, R. Rivers 3, Lawyer 4, Dingle 2, Coaxum 4, Doctor 12.
West Ashley (53): Subieso 6, Heyward 21, Zorn 2, June 8, Mallard 2, Fields 8, Glenn 6.
Records: West Ashley 17-4, 4-1; Cane Bay 6-10, 1-4.