The Fort Dorchester Boys Basketball team defeated two region foes last week.
The Patriots claimed a 61-46 victory at Ashley Ridge Jan. 24 to improve to 14-4 with a 2-1 mark in Region 8-AAAAA. The Swamp Foxes fell to 13-6 and 2-1. Ashley Ridge, Fort Dorchester and West Ashley entered this week in a tie for first place in the region.
The Swamp Foxes took a two-point lead into halftime, but Fort Dorchester outscored the Swamp Foxes 34-17 in the second half.
Fort Dorchester senior Jamari Crawford scored a game-high 19 points to lead the charge. Antoine Parker added 14 points for the Patriots and Demitris McKelvey added 8. Parker hit a three-point shot in each half. Davion Joyner and O’Marion Green both hit a three-pointer in the opening quarter and Crawford sank a 3 in the second quarter.
“I just tried to play my best game to help the team get the win,” Crawford said. “We came out with some intensity because we know they are a very good team that is well coached. We knew we had to play well tonight.”
Fort Dorchester hit 15 free throws in the second half. Ashley Ridge was 6-for-7 on free-throw attempts in the first half, but only 3-for-11 in the second half.
Hampton Summerhill led the Ashley Ridge scorers with 16 points. Ahmad Brown added 12 points for the Swamp Foxes while Evan Logan added 8.
On Jan. 21, Fort Dorchester earned an 86-72 victory over visiting Stall. Davion Joyner hit a pair of shots from behind the arc and a free throw to help the Patriots take a 21-16 lead in the opening quarter. Fort Dorchester took a nine-point lead into the half and extended the lead to 15 in the third quarter.
Stall scored 30 points in the final quarter, but couldn’t slow down the Patriots, which scored 29 in the quarter. Parker led the way, scoring 12 of his game-high 17 points in the final eight minutes.
Four other Fort players posted double-digit scoring in the game. Both Davion Joyner and Crawford finished with 13 points while Jerald Howard finished with 12 and Temple Simmons finished with 11.
“We had a good team effort tonight and played the way I know we are capable of playing,” Fort Dorchester coach Thomas McElveen said. “The shots were going down like they should. The guys wanted it bad tonight. We lost one of our seniors to an injury and when the guys found out he wouldn’t be coming back they wanted to play well for him.”
Robert Pickerton III suffered a knee injury in the first quarter. It is uncertain when he may be able to return to the lineup.
Stall’s Corey Speights matched Parker’s 17 points. Michael Gardner added 15 points for Stall while Stephone Smalls added 12 and Kevin Stokes added 11.
Fort Dorchester hosts West Ashley at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and travels to Stall Feb. 7.