GOOSE CREEK -- At first glance, there's nothing fancy, nothing flashy about the Wando boys basketball team.
The team doesn't have a player who averages double figures in scoring, and it relies on defense to create offense.
But then you look at the Region 7-AAAA standings and get the 'wow' factor. The Warriors picked up an impressive 49-43 victory over Goose Creek on Tuesday night to strengthen their claim of being the best basketball team in the Lowcountry.
The Warriors upped their record to 17-2, including 4-0 in the region. Goose Creek fell to 16-4, 2-2.
"No one complains," Wando coach David Eaton explained when asked about the team lacking a high-octane scorer "It's not that we don't have talent. We have talent and we have
depth. We'll have a player who might score 16 points one night and four or five the next. Every team has strengths and every team has a different weakness. We usually have a player who can exploit that team's one weakness. We talk about not having a dominant scorer. I tell the players it's not how many points we score, it's how we play the game."
Elijah Legree leads the team in scoring with 8.5 points per game. Bubby Vanderhorst averages 7.7., Terrance Jenkins 7.6, Richie Alston 7.3 and Josh Walker 7.2.
On Tuesday, Vanderhorst scored 15 points and Alston had 12 as the Warriors won for the 39th time in their last 44 games.
Wando took a 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and expanded it to 25-12 at halftime.
The Warriors' lead was in double digits in the third quarter, but the Gators managed to cut the margin to 29-25 after three periods.
"We spent a lot of energy getting back into the game, and that might have taken something out of us," Goose Creek coach Bruce Walls said.
"It was an uphill battle all the way, but we didn't quit. We have to step up and win the next time we play them. We need some help from West Ashley and James Island, too."
Raemond Robinson, who is headed to The Citadel on a basketball scholarship, had a big game with 24 points. The two-sport star scored on a variety of shots, including a bucket off a bank shot.
"The exciting thing about it is we get to play them again," Walls said. "They have balance, so you have to speed back on defense and cover every position."
Wando (49): Bubby Vanderhorst 15, Richie Alston 12, Legree 8, Jenkins 6, Walker 4, Smalls 2, Kinloch 2.
Goose Creek (43): Raemond Robinson 24, Bennamon 9, Tucker 5, Marsh 2, Patrick 2, Evans 1.
Records: Wando 17-2 (4-0), Goose Creek 16-4 (2-2). Next: Goose Creek hosts Stratford Friday; Wando hosts West Ashley Friday.