Article by Jeff Hoffman:
Hillcrest versus #2 Wade Hampton. The pregame hype was understandable as Hillcrest entered with a 25-2 record and featured two All-State players in Tyler Hooker and Randall Shaw. Wade Hampton entered the game undefeated at 22-0 and had two All-State players of its own in Jalen Williams and Preston Parks. It would have been easy for this game to fail to live up to expectations, yet somehow the 80-76 double overtime thriller exceeded them!
Wade Hampton struck first off a Preston Parks basket, but Hillcrest raced out to an early 6-2 lead behind a three pointer by Shaw and three point play by Hooker. Senior Michael Wiper kept the Generals in the game early, scoring 8 points as Wade Hampton ended the first quarter with a 15-14 lead.
The second quarter went back and forth between the two teams until Tyler Hooker drew a foul that was followed by a technical on the Wade Hampton bench. Hooker hit all four free throws and the Rams took a 30-23 lead. Hooker scored 11 in the quarter and 15 in the first half as Hillcrest took an eleven point lead to intermission, 36-25.
Senior Jalen Williams opened the second half with a tip in basket and a foul. Williams started slowly, scoring only 3 points in the first half, but came to life in the third quarter. Williams keyed a Generals rally, scoring 11 points in the third. Preston Parks hit a crazy, running three pointer at the end of the period to give Wade Hampton a 51-50 lead.
Randall Shaw quickly returned the lead to the Rams with a four point play to open the final stanza. The quarter would be a back and forth duel between two great teams. Williams put the Generals up four after a dunk and a foul, but Shaw and Hooker kept battling back. Wade Hampton held a two point lead with under a minute and the ball, but Tyler Hooker came up with a huge steal and a bucket to tie it at 64 and send the game to overtime.
Both teams exhausted, the game was again back and forth in overtime. A Williams free throw gave the Generals a lead, but then Hooker answered back. Michael Wiper, who was huge all night for Wade Hampton, returned the lead to the generals. Wiper had 23 on the night. With 1:03 left to play, Hooker delivered again, tying the game at 67. With 26.9 seconds remaining and the season on the line, Hillcrest trailed by two, but again Hooker delivered. Jaylan Eichelberger had a chance to win it for Wade Hampton as he was fouled with 2.5 seconds to go, but he was unable to make either of his free throws and the game went to double overtime. In double OT, Hooker scored and Williams answered. Then Shaw scored and again Williams answered with an emphatic slam dunk. Eichelberger gave the Generals a lead when he connected on a pair of free throws, but Hooker answered. With 24.8 seconds remaining, Hooker drove the lane and drew a foul the fifth foul on Williams. Hooker hit both and after a missed late three by Parks, Hooker and Uriah Morris sealed the 80-76 victory for the Rams.
Wade Hampton got great production from seniors Jalen Williams (26 points) and Michale Wiper (23 points). All-State junior Preston Parks added 17. Rams senior Tyler Hooker was huge late, scoring 13 of his game high 34 points in the two overtime periods. Senior Randall Shaw added 25 for the Rams, who will be heading back to Columbia where they fell just short to Wando in 2014. Hillcrest will face Sumter Friday night at 8:30 pm at Colonial Life Arena for the AAAA Boys State Championship.
See picture gallery below!
Berea's Braxton Roberson cut through all of his opponents last Friday and Saturday to capture the State Championship in the 195 lb class. Braxton was the only Greenville County wrestler to win a state championship this past weekend.
Hughes boys 2015 middle school champions!
Hughes Cougars 2015 GCS Champions
It was a close game until the fourth quarter when the Hughes boys pulled away from the Greer MS Yellow Jackets. Greer, the defending champions, could not make their shots fall and the Hughes defense was relentless in its pursuit to dethrone the Yellow Jackets. The result was a championship for the Hughes Cougars. Below is a photo gallery of pictures taken by Ashley Tumlin from this game. For more pictures you can visit the full gallery at CarolinaShutterbug.com.
Bryson Girls 2015 Greenville County Middle School Champions
In a game that was very well-played and where the lead changed hands back and forth all the way to the end, the Bryson girls held on to defeat the Blue Ridge MS girls team to win the 2015 County Championship. A photo gallery taken by photographer Ashley Tumlin can be seen below. For more photos, go to CarolinaShutterbug.com.
Riverside Girls 2014 AAAA State Cross Country Champions
Riverside Boys Cross Country 2014 AAAA State Champions
Riverside Boys & Girls Cross Country 2014 State AAAA Champions
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