Fourth-quarter free throws lead Edisto over Bishop England

2013-02-14T00:50:00Z 2013-02-14T00:56:39Z Fourth-quarter free throws lead Edisto over Bishop EnglandBy THOMAS GRANT JR., T&D Senior Sports Writer The Times and Democrat

The rash of missed baskets close to the rim both frustrated and concerned Edisto High School boys’ basketball coach Herman Johnson Wednesday.

With the Cougars holding a tenuous lead over visiting Bishop England in the opening round of the playoffs, Johnson was cognizant of the missed scoring opportunities proving costly late in the game.

“We didn’t capitalize on the easy shots that we had underneath the basket,” Johnson said. “We had good looks, but we missed the shots. When you get a chance to make those shots, you’ve got to take advantage of the opportunity. We blew a lot of lay-ups. We blew a lot of them and a lot of putbacks.”

It was during that point, however, where Edisto found success at the free-throw line. Scoring all 11 final points in the last 1:25 enabled the Cougars to pull away for a 56-44 victory over the Bishops.

In advancing to Saturday’s second-round matchup against Region 5-AA rival Wade Hampton, a 59-57 winner over Woodland, the Cougars (15-8) got a team-high 12 points from Bryan Rouse. He and Tyrell Maxwell also each accounted for five free throws during the closing stretch.

The first quarter had three lead changes and five ties before ending with Edisto leading 14-13. Bishop England’s Nick Theus had attempted to save a ball heading out of bounds near the Edisto basket, only to have it intercepted by Edisto’s Marquis Simpson, who beat the buzzer with a lay-up.

A 7-0 run by the Cougars early in the second quarter extended their lead to 21-16. B.J. Grevey rallied the Bishops by scoring three of his co-team-high 13 points in the final minutes to cut the lead to 23-21 at halftime.

An 8-2 run to close the third quarter sparked by Bishop England point guard Jason Vecchiolla, who finished with 13, tied the game at 33-33 headed into the fourth quarter. After two free throws by Vecchiolla regained the lead for the Bishops at 35-33, the Cougars responded with seven unanswered points to take a 40-35 advantage. A 3-pointer by Montell James with 2:23 left extended the Cougars’ lead to 45-37 and was also his team’s final field goal.

The Bishops (11-12) closed the gap to four points, but three straight missed free throws and getting held to just one field goal in the final minutes hurt their chances. Now the Cougars get a “rubber match” against the Red Devils for a chance to advance to the third round.

“We kind of know what to expect when we play (Wade Hampton),” Johnson said.

Scoring summary


Destine Albert 7, Bryan Rouse 12, Ricky Johnson 8, Tyrell Maxwell 6, Marquis Simpson 7, Raekwon Maple 3, Montell James 6, Mark Graham 7


DeAngelo Stephenson 4, Jacob Vecchiolla 13, Dillon Corbett 4, Max Griman 2, Griffin Herbert 8, B.J. Grevey 13



Wade Hampton 59, Woodland 57

BYRDS - Sergio Smith and Juadon Chandler each scored 16 points as the Wolverines fell to the Red Devils in the opening round of the Class 2-A playoffs Wednesday.

Woodland finished the season with a 17-8 mark.

Other Wednesday results


Class AAAA

First Round

Upper State

Hillcrest 76, James F. Byrnes 63

Lower State

Aiken 59, Conway 58

Bluffton 51, Wando 49

Goose Creek 63, Beaufort 38

North Augusta 67, Richland Northeast 65

Ridge View 74, Lexington 72, OT

Summerville 73, South Florence 59

West Ashley 53, Fort Dorchester 42

Class AA

First Round

Upper State

Cheraw 47, Columbia 45

Landrum 106, Batesburg-Leesville 77

Newberry 102, Blacksburg 63

Lower State

Lake Marion 70, Waccamaw 32

Marion 82, Andrews 71

Mullins 51, Lake City 49

Silver Bluff 73, Battery Creek 63

T&D Region Prep Basketball Playoff Schedule



Tonight’s Game

Class A

Carvers Bay at Denmark-Olar 7 p.m.

Friday’s Game

Class 4-A

Myrtle Beach at Orangeburg-Wilkinson 6 p.m.


Friday’s Game

Class 4-A

Myrtle Beach at Orangeburg-Wilkinson 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Class 2-A

Marion at Lake Marion 7 p.m.

Wade Hampton at Edisto 7 p.m.

Silver Bluff at Calhoun County 7 p.m.



Friday’s Games

Class A

(at Wilson Hall in Sumter)

Andrew Jackson Academy vs. Laurens Academy 6:30 p.m.

(at Pinewood Prep in Summerton)

Jefferson Davis Academy vs. James Island Christian 6:30 p.m.

Class 2-A

(at Sumter Civic Center)

Calhoun Academy vs. Beaufort Academy 5 p.m.

(at Heathwood Hall in Columbia)

Holly Hill Academy vs. Spartanburg Day 5 p.m.

Class 3-A (Sumter Exhibition Center)

Orangeburg Prep vs. Porter-Gaud 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games


Class 2-A

(at Sumter Civic Center)

Dorchester Academy vs. Spartanburg Day, noon

(at Heathwood Hall in Columbia)

Calhoun Academy vs. Spartanburg Christian, 1 p.m.

(at Wilson Hall “B” Gym in Sumter)

Holly Hill Academy vs. Marlboro Academy 5:30 p.m.

Class 3-A (at Porter-Gaud High School in Charleston)

Orangeburg Prep vs. Pinewood Prep, 4 p.m.

Contact the writer: or by calling (803) 533-5547. Follow Grant on Twitter@TandDSports.

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