One week of summer hoops left
Robert E. Lee’s basketball team completed a sweep of two games Monday at the Lee College basketball league.
REL defeated Sterling Blue and Pasadena to head into next week’s finale on a high note.
“It was the first time that all four returning letterman were able to be there so there was definitely more execution than there has been in previous weeks,” Ganders head coach Seth Due said. “The guys are working hard and again there is no replacement for time in the gym and especially time in the gym with your teammates.”
Barbers Hill beat Sterling White to remain unbeaten in the league.
“We broke the game open in the third quarter with our transition game,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said. “We had a hard time keeping the ball out of the paint on defense in the first quarter, but contained the ball better in the second half. We were balanced scoring on offense which is good to see.”
Sterling taking two on the chin against rivals wasn’t as tough on head coach Greg Smith, who also saw plenty of positives in defeat.
“I honestly thought they did a lot of good things,” Smith said of his squads. “They had better spacing and movement on the offensive end and didn’t rely quit as much on dribble penetration as we have been. We ran some good sets early against Lee, and even played decent one on one defensively, but some untimely free throws and a few unforced turnovers sealed that game.
Sterling was stuck at 18 for most of that time period, according to Smith, who complimented Barbers Hill’s defensive efforts to limit ball penetration.
“We got very stagnant and that hurt us down the stretch,” Smith said. “Still some improvement is seen and that’s the concern when we are talking about summer league.”
The Patriots of Goose Creek Memorial dropped their only contest, a three-point decision against Dayton.
“Our team defense was sluggish as we allowed several layups and open three-point shots,” GCM head coach Marcus Ebow said. “Dayton was in the bonus in the third quarter due to our defensive woes. We were led in scoring by David Pierre and Sam Bradford.”
The league wraps up play on Monday with GCM taking on Sterling White at 5:30 p.m. followed by Sterling Blue against Barbers Hill, Dayton faces REL and Pasadena tipping off with Barbers Hill.