Fort Dorchester handed Summerville a 64-62 overtime loss Tuesday to remain in the driver’s seat for Region 8-AAAA.
The Patriots improved to 14-3 on the season with a 4-0 mark in region play with the win and have now defeated every team in the region entering the second half of their region schedule. Adding to the sweetness of the win is that all of the Fort’s remaining games will be played on the Patriots’ home court.
Summerville, ranked 10th in the South Carolina High School Basketball Coaches Boys Class 4A Poll, dropped to 15-4 on the season with a 2-2 mark in the region.
“That was a great ball game,” Fort Dorchester coach Leon Wheaton said. “The boys showed some guts tonight. I talked to them about being resilient before the game and finishing the race. Summerville is pretty athletic so I knew we had to play from baseline to baseline and limit them to one shot as often as possible. We didn’t do that at times tonight, but they showed a lot of courage to stick in there and just chip away at Summerville’s lead.”
The Green Wave’s Tru’Shaun Moorer hit consecutive shots from behind the 3-point line late in the second quarter to give Summerville a 12-point lead at the half. The Wave went up 48-33 in the third quarter, but the Patriots rallied to pull within five entering the fourth.
The Patriots took a 58-57 lead when Deon Joyner grabbed his own rebound after missing a free throw and scored with a putback with just more than two minutes remaining in regulation and it was back and forth from there.
Moorer hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game to tie the score at 60 with 1:32 remaining in regulation, but neither team scored the rest of the quarter and the game went into overtime.
In the four-minute overtime, the Patriots went up on free throws from Joyner and Adonicas Sanders, but Summerville’s Jonathan Bennett drove inside for a bucket to re-tie the score. Then, with 2.3 seconds on the clock, Sanders drove the lane for the game-winning bucket.
“The credit goes to Fort Dorchester,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “They hit every big shot and we just kind of folded in the last three minutes. We turned the ball over and missed shots and they cut the lead down to 5. Foul trouble also killed us. We had two starters sit out early and then foul out and we had no gas late in the game.”
Sanders led the Fort scorers with 20 points on the night. Mason Snype added 14 for the Patriots and Bobby Sanders chipped in 8.
“We were able to get some clutch shots when we needed to and a couple of putbacks as well,” Wheaton said. “They kind of out hustled us late in the fourth quarter and got some offensive putbacks but we finished it. We have the upper hand on the rest of the region now, but it’s not over because 4-0 won’t win the region. We have to continue taking it one game at a time.”
The Fort held Summerville’s Terrelle Bowens to 9 points, which is well below the season average for the Wave’s top scorer. Summerville’s Jonathan Bennett finished with a game-high 21 points. Moorer added 18 points for Summerville.
The Patriots host a rematch with Ashley Ridge on Friday while the Green Wave travel to Colleton County on Friday.
Roger Lee/Journal SceneSummerville’s Jonathan Bennett finished with a game-high 21 points Tuesday in a 64-62 overtime loss to Fort Dorchester on Tuesday.×