GROVETOWN — Evans and Grovetown started slowly in their games at the Warrior Thanksgiving Classic on Monday night, but both finished with a flourish.
Evans opened its season with a 64-58 win over South Aiken in the tournament’s first game, then Grovetown pulled off a last-minute, come-from-behind 57-52 triumph against Cross Creek.
When sophomore Solomon Gause hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 to play, it gave the Warriors their first lead of the night at 53-52 and brought the crowd to its feet.
Jawun Rouse and Gause added baskets in the last minute for the final margin of victory.
The comeback capped a furious rally that saw the Warriors (1-0) down 10-0 to start the game and behind 30-17 at halftime.
“Everybody stepped up and we can build off this,” said coach Bill Madigan, who told his team to keep plugging along at halftime. “It was a good win for us.”
Down 39-25, the Warriors used an 11-0 run to get within 39-36 before Cross Creek’s Treaine Moore scored five of his team-high 18 points in the final 36 seconds of the period, including a long 3-pointer, giving the Razorbacks a 44-38 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Gause led all scorers with 19 points while Logan Morris had three 3-pointers for the Warriors.
Vince Worris added 16 points for the Razorbacks.
Evans’ senior forward Jacob Buchanan got off to a slow start with two of his shots blocked in the early going, but he made adjustments and finished with a game-high 24 points. He also pulled down 12 rebounds.
The Knights went into the fourth period down by two, but outscored the Thoroughbreds 25-18.
“I think our depth wore them down in the fourth quarter,” said Knights’ coach Kevin Kenny.
Neither team led by more than four points until the Knights forged ahead 48-43 with five minutes left in the game.
Leading 53-49, a Matt Epps’ layup and Buchanan putback gave the Knights some breathing room at 57-49 with 1:34 to go.
Damian Foreman scored 13 points and Kameron Mason chipped in with 10 for the Knights.
Jordan Dingle led South Aiken with a game-high 23 points. Austin Kyles chipped in 10.