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Wade Hampton season ends in the second round of the AAA play-offs

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The Wade Hampton Red Devils entered the 2019 class AAA play-offs on a two-game skid which cost them a first round home because despite finishing tied with May River for second in region VIII 3A with a 5-3 record.

“We played in some tough places this year so going on the road was not a major concern. Playing our best basketball at this time of year was a concern. We didn’t finish region play strong,” said head coach Romon Gray.

The Red Devils headed to Lake City to take on the 14-9 Panthers who were the second seed from region VI. The Red Devils had one of their best offensive outings of the year as they ended the Panthers season 65-58.

Region VII champ Manning was up next for Wade Hampton. The third ranked Monarch’s came in sporting a 21-3 record. The contest was tight through the first two quarters with the Monarch’s taking a 37-32 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was the Red Devils undoing as they were outscored by 11, 26-15 and they trailed 63-37 heading into the fourth quarter. The Red Devils outscored the Monarchs by four in the quarter, but it was too little, too late and their season ended 74-62.

Coach Gray will lose some key seniors off of this year’s 15-8 squad in guards Tyshon Grant and Josh Walker, but he has a solid group of players returning.

Junior Samuel Gray will be back to run the point and provide leadership next season. The 6-0, point guard is quick and puts good pressure on the ball. He can attack the basket as well as hit the three.

Three-sport star Quayshon Williams will also be back as well as juniors Kalihl Busby and Evan McCuthchen and sophomore Brandon Brantley.

 “I am really proud of the team that we have put together this year. Not only are they performing on the court, but they are performing in the classroom as well,” said coach Gray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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