Spartans ousted by Garinger
The South Caldwell boys’ basketball team could not overcome late turnovers, resulting in a 52-49 loss to Garinger in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on Monday in Sawmills.
“That’s (turnovers) one of things we talked about,” said South head coach Lee Swanson. “The two things we talked about were protecting the basketball and controlling the boards. I actually though we did a pretty good job rebounding, given their (Garinger) size advantage. But the kids played their hearts out and we just came up a little short tonight.”
The Spartans are eliminated from the playoffs, while Garinger advances to play at No. 1 Olympic in the second round.
The Spartans, playing in their first home playoff game in over 20 years, came out hot, opening up a 9-1 lead in the first. Jared Mask hit an early 3-pointer that put South up 5-0. Jordyn Propst scored the final four points of the run. Garinger was able to cut the deficit to 9-5 before the quarter’s end. The Wildcats did not make their first field goal until the 1:22 mark. Montavius Hancock hit a jumper from the free throw line to get things going for Garinger.
South led 13-10 midway through the second quarter, before going on a 6-0 run. Propst scored four of the six, including a dunk to make the score 19-10. However, back-to-back South turnovers helped the Wildcats go on 5-0 run, including a triple by Hancock. The Spartans led 20-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, Mask hit his second three of the game to open the half. Later in the quarter, South was up 30-26 before a 7-0 run by the Wildcats, once again helped out by multiple turnovers committed by South. A three-point play by Hancock with three minutes left in the third gave Garinger its first lead of the day. The Wildcats held a 38-34 advantage heading into the fourth.
The majority of the fourth quarter was spent at the charity stripe. The two teams combined to shoot 25 free throws in the final stanza. Garinger went 8-10 from the line, while the Spartans went 11-15. South missed a total of 11 free throws in the game. The teams also combined for just five made field goals in the quarter.
With 18 seconds left in regulation, Mask hit a free throw to make the score 48-47 in favor of Garinger. Keith Davis then hit two free throws for the Wildcats and Propst hit two for the Spartans keep the deficit at one with just over six seconds to play. South then stole the inbounds pass, but missed the game-winning shot. Davis hit two more three throws with one second remaining, and the Spartans’ final attempt to tie fell short.
South Caldwell concludes its season at 8-15.
Garinger 52, South Caldwell 49
Garinger 5-12-21-14 – 52
South Caldwell 9-11-14-15 – 49
GARINGER (52): Montavius Hancock 20, Keith Davis 20, Bobby Morris 4, Raekwon Long 3, Paul Coleman 2, Jamarkus Eison 2, Kemmi Pettway 1, Ranardo Jones 0, Jamar Brewer 0, Rayquan Thomas 0, Kenny Vaughn 0.
SOUTH CALDWELL (49): Jordyn Propst 22, Jared Mask 14, Devin Smith 4, Jordan Barker 3, Lance Minton 2, Jordan Greene 2, Trent Wakefield 2, Urel Cordoba 0, Noah Eggars 0.