John Jenkins scored 32 points Saturday night but he didn’t sink the shot he wanted the most as the Summerville boys basketball team lost, 54-52, to Ridge View, in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
The Green Wave (20-6) was eliminated with the loss while the Blazers (15-10) advance to play at Goose Creek on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The game was tight throughout and the teams entered the fourth period in a 46-46 tie. Ridge View broke a 52-all tie with two free throws by Jordan Portee with 35 seconds remaining.
From there, Summerville got off three shots, but none hit their mark. Jenkins, who scored 27 in the first half and led all scorers with 32 points to break his career-high scoring mark for the second time this week, took a 3-pointer just before the buzzer but it bounced off the rim.
“We had our chances,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “If we would have made two of those shots, then we would be celebrating. It’s heartbreaking to lose like that. They just made the big baskets tonight and we didn’t.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t win, but I’m not going to let it diminish what we did this year. For us to not be ranked going into the season and move up the No. 7 spot in the polls is a great accomplishment for our kids.”
Green Wave senior Brandon Wilkerson scored 14 points. Portee led Ridge View with 14 points while Trevon Howell added 10 for the Blazers.
Turnovers were costly for Summerville in the first period as Ridge View pulled out to a 6-point lead. Then Jenkins caught fire, scoring 15 points in the second period to give Summerville a 37-34 lead at the half.
But Portee opened the third period with consecutive 3s to spark a 9-0 Ridge View run. Jenkins pulled the Wave within 2 with 50 seconds remaining in the period with his fourth bucket from behind the arc. Then point guard Timmy Singleton made a steal and layup on the ensuing break for the 46-all score.
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