Saturday, February 02, 2008

And the children shall lead them

GREENVILLE -- For the small crowd that saw the Greenville-Brookstone game on Friday night, a nap may have been more productive than watching the turnover riddled game. For the final eight minutes of action, there was certainly no reason to catch a breather.

Greenville battled back after being down for the majority of the game and held on for a 47-41 win over Brookstone.

The Patriots struck late in the game thanks in large part to a pair of freshmen. Kentavious Caldwell (pictured) scored eight straight points in a minute and a half stretch, converting on back-to-back three-pointers and a steal that led to a lay-up.

The 6-foot-3 guard led the charge with 17 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four blocks as well as playing great defense down the stretch on Brookstone's top scorer Will Bailey, a 6-3 freshman.

Greenville head coach Richard Carter said he isn't surprised by Caldwell's play in the fourth quarter.

"He wants the other team's best scorer because he wants to shut them down," Carter said. "He's really aggressive for as young as he is. He's athletic and such a great competitor and he plays with great intensity. We're lucky to have him because he's going to be a great, great player."

Caldwell was certainly great in this one. So was his class of 2011 teammate Mario Alford. The 5-9 point guard came up with two huge steals on Brookstone inbound passes that led to two huge quick scores and gave the Patriots just enough cushion to hold onto the lead.

Bailey led Brookstone with 18 points and was equally as impressive as Caldwell in the first half of action.

Greenville improved to 8-2 in Region 4-A and 10-7 overall. Brookstone dropped to 10-11 and 3-8 in region play.