Long ride has no effect on Roger Bacon; Summerville outlasts Ashley boys

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Roger Bacon 52    Hoggard 29

The estimated 10-hour ride from Cincinnati, Ohio turned into an all-day affair for Roger Bacon High School due to traffic and weather conditions over Christmas weekend, but the delay had no lingering effect as the Spartans ran away from Hoggard 52-29 to close day one of the Leon Brogden Holiday Basketball Tournament.

James Johnson led Roger Bacon with 10 points and held the Vikings to just three field goals in the second half. Roger Bacon outscored Hoggard 18-3 in the third quarter to advance to the semifinals against Summerville, South Carolina.

James Johnson boxes out Xavier Johnson. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
James Johnson boxes out Xavier Johnson. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

“We didn’t shoot the ball well and wanted to get moving up and down the floor and I thought we did that in the second half,” said Roger Bacon Coach Brian Neal. “There were no real adjustments heading into the third quarter. Anytime you play hard on the defensive end of the floor you expect it to show up on the other end.”

With the score tied 8-all after the opening period, Roger Bacon took a 19-16 advantage at the break and stuck to their game plan through the final 16 minutes to grab the win.

The Spartans went on an 18-1 run to gain a 37-17 cushion before Jack Bagley recorded the only two-point basket for Hoggard at the end of the third period. Johnson opened the frame with a bucket inside and Craig McGee grabbed a steal and coast-to-coast layup to make it 29-17 midway through the quarter. A technical foul issued to the Vikings led to three free throws by McGee and Luke Baker knocked down a long three-ball for a 20-point advantage.

Four different Roger Bacon players hit from long range as Alec Pfriem and Justin Johnson each had nine points apiece.

Robert Wilkerson led Hoggard with nine points. He scored all eight points for the Vikings in the second quarter and helped pull the home side to within three at halftime. The Spartans used an 8-0 spurt to make it 16-8 before Wilkerson got into a groove late in the second quarter.

The Vikings dropped to the loser’s bracket and face Ashley at 6 p.m. in Hanover Hall on Tuesday. Roger Bacon and Summerville play at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Roger Bacon  8-11-18-15=52

Hoggard        8-8-3-10=29


Summerville (S.C.) 55    Ashley 43

Senior Terrelle Bowens dropped 21 points to lead Summerville past Ashley 55-43 on Monday to advance to the winner’s bracket of the 22nd Annual Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament.

The Screaming Eagles trailed by one after eight minutes thanks to the efforts of Ryan Keller and Bryston Davis. They combined for nine points in the frame, but the Green Wave outscored Ashley 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 27-18 lead into the half.

Summerville extended its advantage to 11 headed into the fourth quarter and Bowens’ 5 of 6 from the free throw line during the final frame helped to secure the win.

Keller finished with 17 points for Ashley and Davis closed with 12. The Screaming Eagles play Hoggard at 6 p.m. in Hanover Hall on Tuesday.

Tru’Shaun Moorer and Shaquan Davis added 10 points apiece for the Green Wave. They face Roger Bacon High School in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. inside Trask Coliseum on Tuesday.

Summerville  12-15-12-16=55

Ashley       11-7-10-15=43


Day two schedule

Winner’s bracket

Hoggard vs. Ashley (girls) at 3 p.m.

Laney vs. New Hanover (girls) at 6 p.m.

New Hanover vs. Cary (boys) at 4:30 p.m.

Summerville vs. Roger Bacon (boys) at 7:30 p.m.


Loser’s bracket

Socastee vs. T.W. Andrews (girls) at 12 p.m.

West Florence vs. Ashley/Conway (girls) at 1:30 p.m.

Laney vs. T.C. Williams (boys) at 4:30 p.m.

Ashley vs. Hoggard (boys) at 6 p.m.