Wando boys defeat Hillcrest 65-50 for 4A title
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- For the first time in school history, the Wando Warriors are the 4A Men's Basketball State Champions.
Dominant and consist ant, the Warriors won their playoff games this year by an average of 15 points.
On Friday, they did it again on the big stage beating Hillcrest 65-50.
The Warriors (25-4) used a dominant third quarter to pull away. They held a 22-19 lead when Andrew Glover hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 23-11 run. Wando connected on eight straight shots, including four 3-pointers, during the run.
"I can't even describe it. It feels so good right now. All of our hard work finally paid off," said Glover. "It's a dream come true. First in Wando history and we did it. Twenty years in the future, they're going to look back and say, 'We did it.'"
The Warriors connected on 7 of 11 from long range in the second half and shot 15 of 22 overall in the final two quarters.
The Rams (25-5) would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Randall Shaw finished with 16 points and Tyler Hooker added 14.
Amp Moore added 13 points and Andrew Glover chipped in 11 for Wando. Matthew Pegram led the way with 15 rebounds.
Some of the players said it was their coach's voice in the back of their heads that helped them keep their eye on the prize.
"Coach tells us to keep swinging, so we kept swinging. It was close at first and we started to edge away and we kept swinging and got the job done," said Matthew Pegram, a forward.
"To bring a major sports championship to Mount Pleasant is awesome - it's awesome," he added.
Jamez Rogers was the star of this game for Wando and he's only a sophomore. He scored 25 points to lead the Warriors to the state title.
"I don't have any words. I'm just excited about how we came through. This team said they didn't know nothing about us and we just came out here and made a statement and now they know who we are," said the young guard.
Wando Head Coach David Eaton said he's glad to see the hard work of the entire Wando basketball staff and team pay off.
"It feels unbelievable and you know, I've worked hard but I'm in just such awe of how hard my players have worked and my coaches and it's just an unbelievable feeling - a reward for a long, long period of work."