Cougar hoops battle in Modie Risher Classic Holiday Tourney
by The Press and Standard | January 2, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: January 2, 2019 at 8:03 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Cougar basketball team went 1-2 in the Modie Risher Classic Holiday Tournament held at Burke High School on Dec. 27-28. The Cougars fell 72-48 versus the top-ranked Dutch Fork team, lost to Spruce Creek High School 68-48 and picked up a forfeit win over Baptist Hill.
Against Dutch Fork, Bailey Encalade led Colleton County scoring 12 points. In other scoring, Jermaine Parker 6, Shykem Chisolm 6, Stephan Gadson 4, Alex Sherrill 7, Antawn Griffin 6, Lance Calcutt 3 and Devon Farmer 2.
Dutch Fork’s McClerkin led with 16 points.
In the loss to Spruce Creek High School out of Florida, Encalade again led Colleton County scoring 18 points. Other Cougar scoring included Sherrill 8, Gadson 6, Chisolm 6, Farmer 6, Griffin 3 and Parker 2.
“I knew going into this week, the tournament would be tough for us,” said Coach Matthew Mullins. “In the first round, we lost to the eventual tournament champion, Dutch Fork out of Columbia. They are a well-respected program and I think it helped our guys see there is another level of play that we are trying to get to. In the second game against Spruce Creek, they had some really good shooters. We played them tough until about halfway through the fourth quarter when we picked up a crucial foul call, followed by technical, that put the game out of reach. We were scheduled to play Baptist Hill on the 29th, but they decided to forfeit, according to the tournament director. Hopefully, we can use these losses as fuel to ready us for the week to come.”
The Cougars were back in action Tuesday Jan. 2 at home versus Branchville and will travel to Woodland Friday Jan. 4 in non-region matchups.