COLUMBIA, S.C. — It hasn’t been an easy few months for Isaiah Holloway.
But as the seconds ticked down on the Class 2A boys championship Saturday, the sophomore guard was all smiles following his team’s 61-42 win over Fox Creek.
The championship comes less than three months after Holloway’s 17-year-old brother, Hezekiah Holloway shot to death Christmas morning.
“ It’s a great feeling to win it for him. I will cherish this moment all my life,” Holloway said.
Holloway finished with 10 points Saturday and had big role for the Bulldogs in the postseason. He scored in double figures in all five of Burke’s playoff games, including 14 points in the lower state title game win over Hannah-Pamplico.
Lancaster’s Hayden Thorne scored only two points but she came up with the biggest play of the Class 3A girls championship.
Thorne took a charge from Lakewood’s Sonora Denogkl with less than two seconds left to preserve the Bruins’ 44-42 win over the Gators. The junior said she had no doubt that it was the right call on the play.
“ I didn't touch her, she touched me,” Thorne said “It was my time to step and I took the charge and that is what I did.”
Despite three Class 2A titles in four years, Bishop England coach Paul Runey shook off any possible dynasty talk.
Runey admitted he didn’t see a championship run coming after the loss of a few key players from last year’s team. But he said the turning point of this season came during the Carolina Invitational over Christmas break. The Bishops lost two of their three games, including a 69-26 defeat to Elizabethton (Tenn.).
“ We played some tough teams from out of state and one team annihilated us,” Runey said. “But you can see it in their eyes they weren’t going to be satisfied. Then we had a couple non-region games after Christmas that showed us if we do the right things we will get there.”
Flora’s new kicks
Former AC Flora standout Tyrone Corbin gave back to his alma mater this weekend.
Corbin, a member of the school’s 1981 state title team, bought the Flora team new sneakers for Saturday’s 3A state title game against Midland Valley. He also bought the team new shoes for last year’s title game against Darlington.
Corbin played 16 seasons in the NBA from 1985-2000 before becoming a head coach with Utah (2011-14) and served as interim coach for Sacramento this season before being replaced by George Karl.
Double dip for English
Sumter coach Jo Jo English won a state title as a player at Lower Richland against Hillcrest in 1987.
And English’s his first state title as a coach also came against the Rams following the Gamecocks’ 61-55 win in the 4A championship Friday.
News and notes
Runey was presented the state’s girls coach of the year award at halftime of his game with Pendleton. Newberry’s Chad Cary was named the boys basketball coach of the year. … Christ Church sophomore Kendal Kipper is the daughter of former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Kipper, who played eight seasons in the majors. Kendal played six minutes in the Cavaliers’ win over Latta. … Keenan’s LeMarcus Johnson had six blocks in the win over Ridgeland-Hardeeville.