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Goose Creek grabs region lead with win over Cane Bay

Justin Britt

Goose Creek's Justin Britt goes up for a tough shot in the first quarter over Cane Bay's Jayden Diaz-Jones in a Region 6-AAAAA basketball game Jan. 17 at Goose Creek. Rob Gantt/

GOOSE CREEK — Two boys basketball powers of Region 6-AAAAA clashed on Tuesday night as Class AAAAA third-ranked Goose Creek hosted No. 8 Cane Bay.

Goose Creek got the leg up on the region title with a 57-47 win, improving to 17-2 overall and 2-0 in region play. Cane Bay, the defending region champion, falls to 14-5 overall and 2-1 in 6-AAAAA.

“I’m not real pleased with our performance overall,” Goose Creek coach Blake Hall said. “It’s good to win ugly, but we have to get a lot better. We left a lot of meat on the bone tonight. We have to learn how to finish games.

"We had control most of the night but we really didn’t play that well. We have to be better if we want to be a team that makes a run in the postseason.”

Due to its edge in size, Goose Creek held a decided advantage on the boards, often getting two and three shots at the basket.

Goose Creek was led by Elijah Dates, who scored 16 points. Justin Britt added 11 points and Shane Potts chipped in with eight points.

Curtrell Dixon’s 15 points paced the Cobras, while Chauncey Capers added 14 points.

After a competitive first quarter, which ended with Goose Creek leading, 12-10, the Gators turned up the pressure defensively and the Cobras did not respond well.

Gabe White’s basket inside gave the Gators a 26-18 lead with two minutes left in the first half. Goose Creek put together a 15-5 run over the last 6:45 of the second period and held a 31-19 lead at the break.

The Gators were up 35-26 with three minutes left in the third, and Jordyn McKeen’s 3-pointer with 30 remaining brought the Cobras to within seven at 38-31.

Britt, however, hit a driving layup just before the buzzer to give Goose Creek a 40-31 advantage after three quarters.

Goose Creek answered every Cane Bay attempt to close the gap in the fourth quarter.

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