Goose Creek was impressive in Day 2 of the 19th annual Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic. The Gators posted a 72-49 victory over Northview on Wednesday night at North Charleston High School.
But other than that, it was a rough day for the other local teams, including Pinewood Prep.
The Panthers dropped an 81-52 decision to the Bullis School as coach Pat Eidson was denied his 700th career victory for the second straight game. Eidson will go after the milestone win in a consolation game against Don Bosco Prep at 1 p.m. today.
Ashley Ridge dropped a 53-37 decision to Berkmar, while Gonzaga was too much for James Island. Gonzaga posted a 64-42 victory over the Trojans. Timberland also had a rough day, dropping a 62-47 decision to Effingham County.
Goose Creek 72, Northview 49
The Goose Creek boys basketball team won just about everything during Brad Dobbels' 14-year tenure.
The Gators won six region titles in the last 11 years and 20-victory seasons were almost a certainty. Throw in a state title in 2009, and the Gators' resume is just about complete.
Dobbels is an assistant at Charleston Southern now, and the only thing he didn't win was a Roundball Classic.
But his successor, Bruce Walls, has the Gators off to a good start. The Gators pounded Northview 72-49 to push their record to 8-1.
The Gators, who finished second in the Roundball the season they won the state title, led all the way to send Northview to its fourth loss in 10 decisions.
Dantez Bennamon led the way with 23 points, hitting 7 of 12 from the field while grabbing 13 rebounds. Raemond Robinson added 12 points and five assists. Troy Tucker also scored 12 points and added eight rebounds.
Can the Gators win the state hoops title?
"We've thrown it out there," said Walls, who is in his second stint as head coach at Goose Creek. "We're not the tallest team, but we're quick. If we get better every week, we'll see how things fall."
Goose Creek played good defense, forcing 20 turnovers and outscoring the Johns Creek, Ga. team 20-10 off turnovers.
"We can create mistakes," Walls said. "Our kids have good lateral speed and have the bonus of playing together for four years."
Bullis 81, Pinewood Prep 52
The Bullis School, located in Potomac, Md., shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and 52 percent for the game to beat Pinewood Prep, 81-52.
"They shot really well in the first half, got into a comfort zone and we couldn't recover," Eidson said. "I just want to get to 700 and get it over with. I was impressed with the way North Charleston beat Don Bosco. But Don Bosco will be a big challenge."
Joe Hazel led Bullis with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists. Nigel Pruitt added 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Keith Pinckney led Pinewood with 16 points and five rebounds. Jerome Deas scored 12 points and Reid Radebaugh tallied 11.
Gonzaga 64, James Island 42
Nationally ranked Gonzaga led the entire way and breezed to 64-42 victory over James Island. The Eagles upped their record to 7-0.
Gonzaga, located in Washington, D.C., is competing in its second Roundball Classic, winning a championship in 2007.
Nate Britt, one of the top juniors in the country, led the Eagles with 19 points. He has committed to play for the University of North Carolina.
Justin Bolus collected 10 points and seven rebounds for James Island. The Trojans fell to 8-2.
Effingham 62, Timberland 47
Effingham County, from Springfield, Ga., defeated Timberland, 62-47, as Jakeenan Gant and T.J. scored 20 points apiece for winners, who shot 46 percent from the field.
The Rebels are making their first Roundball appearance and own a 10-0 record.
Darryl Palmer scored 13 points to lead Timberland. The Wolves fell to 2-6.
Berkmar 53, Ashley Ridge 37
Berkmar won a Roundball Classic championship in 2002 and is trying to gain another title. The Patriots, from Lilburn, Ga., defeated Ashley Ridge 53-37.
Adoni Rogers led Berkmar (6-3) with 13 points and five rebounds while Yonel Brown tallied 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Tim Rowe also had an impressive game with nine points and 11 of his team's 43 rebounds.
Romelo Docto led Ashley Ridge (3-4) with 14 points and four rebounds.
John Carroll vs. Wando, 4 p.m.
Bullis vs. North Charleston, 7 p.m.
Porter-Gaud vs. Manning, 10 a.m.
Don Bosco Prep vs. Pinewood Prep, 1 p.m.
Communities in School bracket
Berkmar vs. Effingham County, 5:30 p.m.
Goose Creek vs. Gonzaga, 8:30 p.m.
Ashley Ridge vs. Timberland, 11:30 a.m.
Northview vs. James Island, 2:30 p.m.