Goose Creek and Wando, two of the state's top 10 Class AAAA teams, were the only local squads to survive in the first day of the 21st annual Rotary Roundball Classic.

The Gators posted a 51-44 victory over West Ashley at North Charleston High School while Wando trumped Porter-Gaud 65-53.

But other than that, the locals exited to the consolation bracket. Pinewood Prep, James Island, Charleston Collegiate, Academic Magnet, Summerville and North Charleston joined West Ashley and Porter-Gaud in playing for pride.

The Gators, meanwhile, will play Wings Academy from the Bronx, in a Rotary Foundation Bracket semifinal. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wando, meanwhile, advanced to play St. John's College High School in a Rotary International bracket semifinal. The game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Goose Creek 51, West Ashley 44

Goose Creek coach Blake Hall wasn't smiling after his team beat Ronnie DuPre's West Ashley squad. He wasn't happy with his team's effort despite its eighth victory in nine games.

"This is a great challenge," said Hall who is in his third year as a head coach. "This is to see what you need to work on, what you need to improve on once you get into region play."

West Ashley outshot the Gators 38 percent to 37 percent from the field. Both teams struggled from the foul line. West Ashley managed 5 of 11 charity tosses while the Gators hit 8 of 15.

The Gators won the game by outscoring West Ashley, 20-9, on second-chance baskets. The Gators also held a decisive 40-27 advantage on the boards.

Dantez Bennamon led the Gators with 14 points, hitting 5 of 11 from the field including 3 of 5 from 3-point land. Chris Singleton added 13 points while Kameron Robinson collected nine points and five steals.

Kevin Sobiesuo led West Ashley, 2-6, with 15 points and four assists. Pedro Manigault was a force on both ends of the court with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Brandon Fields chipped in with 10 points.

The Gators play Wings Academy, a team that returns six lettermen from a team that won 27 games last winter. The Wings feature Desure Buie, who averaged 10 points and 7.0 assists last season. He is one of the top juniors in the country as is teammate Jesse Govan. He averaged 20 points and 12 points a game.

Wando 65, Porter-Gaud 53

Wando coach David Eaton said his team must play 32 minutes of basketball if it is to contend for a Roundball championship. That's something the Warriors didn't do against Porter-Gaud. The Cyclones controlled the first half to take a 32-25 lead at intermission.

The Warriors, who won Roundball titles in 1996 and 2010, warmed up in the second half, hitting 48 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point land to win their ninth game in 10 tries.

Jamez Rogers led the Warriors with 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Matthew Pegram collected 15 points and eight rebounds while Amp Moore tallied 13 points and four rebounds.

"We came out and played like it was the Christmas holidays," Eaton said. "You could tell we missed some practice. But Porter-Gaud is a good team. K.J. James is the best player we played against this year."

James had a monster game for the Cyclones, scoring 34 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Michael Preddy also had a big game for the Cyclones with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Saturday's Games

Rotary Foundation Bracket

Winner's bracket

Wings Academy vs. Goose Creek, 5:30 p.m.

Buford vs. North Gwinett, 8:30 p.m.

Consolation bracket

James Island vs. West Ashley, 11:30 a.m.

Academic Magnet vs. Summerville, 2:30 p.m.

Rotary International Bracket

Winner's Bracket

Imhotep Charter vs. Linden, 4 p.m.

Wando vs. St. John's College, 7 p.m.

Consolation Bracket

Pinewood Prep vs. Charleston Collegiate, 10 a.m.

Porter-Gaud vs, North Charleston, 1 p.m.

Friday's results

Imhotep Charter 55, Pinewood Prep 28

Linden 64, Charleston Collegiate 36

Wings Academy 60, James Island 33

Goose Creek 51, West Ashley 44

Wando 65, Porter-Gaud 53