GOOSE CREEK -- Trailing by two points with less than 10 seconds to go and with Goose Creek High School at the free throw line with a chance to ice the game, Sumter got what it needed in the second-round game of the 5A state playoffs.
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The Gamecocks needed a miss at the line and got that, then pushed the basketball up the court. Nakeem Isaac threw a diagonal pass to a cutting Travonte Brunson, who hit a layup to tie the score at 45-45, forcing the game into overtime.
Unfortunately, the extra session was not as kind as SHS was outscored by the Gators 6-1 in a 51-46 final at the GCHS gymnasium.
Sumter finished its season with a 16-12 record.
“I’m proud of my guys for the effort they gave tonight,” said Gamecocks head coach Bryan Brown. “Goose Creek is a good team and in overtime they were able to come up with the plays they needed.”
Goose Creek jumped out to an 11-9 lead after one quarter of play, but Sumter started the second quarter on an 8-2 run. Isaac hit his third and fourth three-point baskets of the first half, pushing the Gamecocks to a 17-13 lead.
The Gators would finish the quarter on a 9-3 run and lead 22-20 at the half.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair with neither team gaining the upper hand. The Gators led 32-31 entering the fourth period.
Goose Creek started the quarter on a 5-0 run to push its lead to six when Isaac took matters into his own hands. He scored the next seven points, putting the Gamecocks on top 38-37. They would increase the lead to four when Jaiven Lowery-Isaac scored on an old-fashioned 3-point play, setting the stage for the final minutes and overtime.
Sumter was led by Isaac with 22 points as he drained five 3s. Joseph Durant pitched in with nine points.
Brown, who just completed his first season, thinks the best is yet to come for the program..
“We don’t have any seniors, so we are excited for the future. We had no one with playoff experience coming into the year so playing into the second round will be something we can build on going forward.”
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