All it took was 30 seconds and suddenly a close battle turned into an avalanche of Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball Tuesday afternoon at Lee College.
A six-point burst before intermission pushed a GCM lead over the Sterling Rangers from two to eight points in a blink and the Patriots rode the momentum to a big second half and a 65-47 win.
GCM was sparked by the play of Sam Bradford and Dariyus Woodson with 17 and 14 points apiece.
“It was a team effort with a lot of guys coming off the bench and being very productive,” GCM head coach Marcus Ebow said. “We shot it a lot better and our defense is starting to click.”
Sterling was led by Kyle Arclies (19 points) and Jeremy Benson (12 points).
Sterling (1-6) took a 13-11 lead through eight minutes thanks to two three-pointers by Arclies and one by Benson while GCM kept pace with triples by Woodson - two - and Sam Bradford.
GCM (1-2) started the second quarter on 4-0 run before a Benson trey tied the game at 16 with 6:20 left before half.
Benson drilled another at the four-minute mark to forge another tie at 19 as neither team could get many looks inside.
GCM took a 31-23 lead into the break behind a microburst of a 6-0 run in the last 30 seconds off of three transition baskets, two by Bradford.
Going in at halftime was awful where we turned the ball over three straight times,” Sterling head coach Greg Smith said. “I had a defensive squad in there at the time and thought we would go one-for-one. I’ll take the blame for that substitution pattern.
“We got to keep learning to fight through the adversity.”
Smith credited the GCM press for playing a big role in the Patriots win.
Back-to-back threes by Woodson put GCM up 37-25 only 80 seconds into the second half and the Patriots began to ride the momentum.
“That breathing room was a lifesaver,” GCM’s Jaylon Thomas. “They were playing with us and it was a hard fight. It changed our mojo a lot.”
The lead bloomed to 14 points and stayed firm before the Patriots settled for a 49-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Barbers Hill boys 40,
Houston Memorial 39
The Eagles moved to 4-0 with Nick Crump and Cole Anderson leading the way with nine points apiece in the home win Tuesday.
“It was a methodical defensive battle,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said.
The Eagles rallied from a 21-16 halftime deficit to record the win.
Livingston boys 59,
Zion Clark scored 11 points and Ladarius Day chipped in nine points in the Panthers (2-2) loss.
Lee girls 49,
Alyssa Ruiz (16 points), Kim Duhon (13 points, 13 steals, five rebounds), Chloe Shelby (eight points), Devyn Burris (eights points, five rebounds) and Arcean Burris (eight rebounds, five steals) led REL to the victory and a 6-1 record.