CAROLINA FOREST — The South Carolina Warriors benefited greatly from a couple reserves Saturday night.
That includes a new – yet familiar – one.
Shaq Johnson led the Warriors with 24 points off the bench and newcomer and former Coastal Carolina standout Jon Pack added 14 points and 11 rebounds in a reserve role in a 120-100 win over the Greenville Galaxy.
Starting guard Mike Vogler had 18 points, but the bench play proved to be a big plus.
“If somebody’s having an off night – we have a good nine-man rotation – so it really helps,” Warriors coach John Kefalas said.
The Warriors – who featured a 7-footer and 6-10 man in the starting lineup – had to adjust to a smaller team, which has happened several times this year.
“They were a smaller team and tried to run on us,” Kefalas said. “Finally we substituted and I got smaller guys in the lineup and we were able to run on them. We’ve just got to put better chemistry together. You’ve just got to find out whose playing the best together.”
Kefalas believes adding Pack will give the Warriors more depth.
“I think he brings good experience,” Kefalas said. “He brings a lot of energy and he has a good attitude. He’s a good student. He picks up the game well.”
Overall though, Kefalas is still concerned with the team’s defense after it gave up over 100 points for the fifth time this season.
“I think in spurts our defense is good,” he said. “We’re still not solid on defense. We get up 25 to 30 points and stop playing.”
The Warriors take on the Gainesville Heat on Sunday. South Carolina won the first matchup between the teams 136-113.
“It’ll be a good challenge tomorrow,” Kefalas said. “They gave us a challenge in the first meeting.”