Bond leads way as Irmo sinks Wave

It didn’t take Irmo guard Tavonne Bond long to understand this was just going to be one of those nights when everything clicked. The senior guard hit two 3-pointers in the opening few minutes to set the tone as the Yellow Jackets rolled to an 84-56 victory over Summerville on Saturday night in the Class AAAA boys playoffs.

Bond finished 6 of 8 from long range and scored 28 points to lead three players in double figures.

Irmo (22-5) finished 13 of 24 beyond the 3-point line. RJ Gunn scored 18 points and hit two 3-pointers and Dre’Von Sweat added 16 points with three 3-pointers.

The win puts the Yellow Jackets into the third round against Carolina Forest on Tuesday. Carolina Forest defeated James Island, 53-49, in overtime. Irmo made it to the third round last year before losing to eventual state champion Sumter.

Irmo scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed. Bond made his third 3-pointer just before the first quarter buzzer that extended the lead to 20-8. It was never in single digits the rest of the way.

Summerville coach Greg Elliott came away impressed by what he saw.

“We knew the guards could shoot 3’s but we had them covered a couple of times and they just elevated over us and shot it,” Elliott said. “They’re very, very skilled and well coached. They don’t make fancy plays, they just make routine plays and hit open jump shots. We didn’t think they would hit a barrage of 13 3-pointers though.”

The Green Wave (21-5) scored 81 points in their first-round win and wanted to get out in transition against the Yellow Jackets to beat the 1-3-1 trapping defense Irmo likes to use.

They did a decent job against the press but then couldn’t execute in the half-court. Summerville finished the first half 6 of 16 from the field while Irmo had made seven 3-pointers.

The Green Wave didn’t hit a 3-pointer until the fourth quarter when the outcome was long decided.

“They score in transition and they did it some against us but we were able to get to have to play in a half-court offense for the majority of the time,” Whipple said.