Nick’s Sox (Trey Greene, Cam Liles, Trad Beatty) win the Championship

Chapin, S.C.- The 3-on-3 basketball tournament concluded during MAST on Friday with Nick’s Sox taking home the championship with an 11-10 win in overtime over the Cuh. Juniors Cam Liles and Trey Greene, along with sophomore Trad Beatty, led Nick’s Sox to victory over the Cuh, an all freshmen team featuring Luke Bird, James Wells and Johnny Fisher. Students were encouraged to bring $1 to get out of MAST and watch the finals. The money raised went towards uniforms for Chapin students running a half-marathon later this year.

The day started with Nick’s Sox needing to win one out of two games against a team comprised of senior Jordan O’Cain, junior Brynson White and sophomore Reece Rutherford after having gone undefeated in the preliminary round two nights earlier. The first game resulted in a 3-7 Nick’s Sox loss, led by Jordan O’Cain’s hot shooting from two, going a perfect 4/4. However, the winner-take-all game went to the Nick’s Sox 5-4 in a defensive, hard-fought battle.

The Cuh joined Nick’s Sox in the championship game due to a pair of wins 10-7 and 6-0, fueled by the hot shooting of Johnny Fisher, the crowd favorite. The Cuh seemed to feed off of the energy of the crowd as the game turned into a three-point contest, with each shot sending the crowd into a growing frenzy.

The championship match started with Nick’s Sox jumping out to a quick 8-3 lead led by 2 early three-pointers by Trey Greene. However, the Cuh rallied back to tie the game at 8 with moments until overtime. Attempting to regain the lead, Cam Liles caught a pass in the corner and began to dribble towards the rim, but a controversial traveling call ended the possession and the game moved into a one-minute overtime session. Liles would get redemption in overtime, as he hit a game-winning layup at the buzzer. Nick’s Sox had plenty of qualms with the officiating, but were able to overcome it with help from Trad Beatty’s six points in the championship.

“There was a very biased ref,” remarked Beatty.

“I’m not saying that they were like a bad team, I’m just saying it was unfairly called the whole game,” said Liles.

Chapin’s own Miss Billie Williams, student government teacher, provided her own succinct summary of the final game.

“Johnny and the boys went down,” said Williams.

Nick’s Sox now prepare for their game with the teachers and staff, which will be played Tuesday during the Pep Rally.