They crowned The Bullis School and Gonzaga as champions at the end of the 19th annual Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic, and they recognized a coach who has left his mark in the Palmetto State's record book and impacted the lives of hundreds of players.
Pat Eidson became only the fourth boys coach in state history to reach 700 career wins. And it was only appropriate he accomplished his mission at the Roundball Classic, which was held at North Charleston High School.
At the end of the evening, tournament officials presented Eidson the game ball from Friday morning's 78-42 victory over Manning that allowed Eidson to join the 700 Club fraternity.
"This is special," said Eidson after his team ended a three-game losing streak and upped its record to 6-5. "Pinewood has been a big part of the Roundball Classic, so it was good to get it here. But I'd rather it be for first place rather than seventh place."
Eidson began coaching in 1979. He was the coach at Easley Christian when he gained his first victory.
He's only 55 years old and said his ultimate goal is to win 1,000 career games.
Blake Hall, the first-year coach of North Charleston, was in attendance when Eidson gained No. 700. Hall was on the Pinewood team when Eidson reached career win No. 300 in the late 1990s.
"He's the reason I'm here today," Hall said. "He's the reason I am a coach. He inspired me to get into coaching. A lot of people know he's a great coach but he's a better person. And that's saying something since he has 700 career wins."
Reid Radabaugh led Pinewood with 19 points while Keith Pinckney tallied 18 points and seven rebounds. Jerome Deas scored 13 points and six rebounds.
Deas is in his fourth year in the program and says Eidson has helped him mature as a player and person.
"He's a really good dude," Deas said. "I have nothing negative to say about him, only positive things. The role he has had in my life has been huge."
The Bullis School topped John Carroll in a battle of Maryland teams to win the Rotary bracket. Gonzaga, located in Washington, D.C. topped Georgia entry Effingham County to win the Communities in School bracket.
Bullis 70, John Carroll 63
Nigel Pruitt scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Bullis over John Carroll. Pruitt hit 7 of 13 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line.
Justin Jenifer led John Carroll with 23 points and three assists. Jarred Jones collected 17 points and nine rebounds.
Gonzaga 51, Effingham County 31
Nat Britt collected 18 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead Gonzaga over Effingham County.
Jakeenan Grant led Effingham County with 14 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots.