Camden Wins 2009 AAA Boys Basketball Championship

Photo: Morgan Mays/KM Video Productions
51-Year Drought Finally Comes To An End As Dogs Roll Over Yellow Jackets


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Camden High Bulldogs started off slow but came back to defeat the Greer Yellow Jackets 77-62 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Saturday night to win the 2009 AAA State Boys Basketball Championship and end a 51-year drought between state titles. Ironically, it was Greer that Camden defeated to win its other two championships in 1957 and 1958.

In a season that saw its only two losses to the same team (region opponent Darlington), Camden finishes the season with a 24-2 mark, a Region VI-AAA championship, a Lower State Championship, and of course, the State Title.

Camden Head Coach Ron McKie

Camden Head Coach Ron McKie

“It’s been 51 years since we’ve done this, and I’d like to thank the community and all the support we’ve had throughout the season,” said Camden Head Coach Ron McKie after the victory.

“I give all the credit to the kids. They’ve worked hard in the offseason,” said McKie.

The championship is the first of his career for McKie, now in his 8th season at CHS.

Greer started the game on a 10-0 run before Camden finally got on the board on an Evrik Gary free-throw near the six minute mark of the first quarter. After that Camden roared back to trail by only two at the end of the first stanza. In the second, the Bulldogs turned up the awesome and never looked back on route to victory.

Josh Council had a season-high 34 points and senior Evrik ary added 23 more in his final game as a Bulldog. Senior guard Jay Council scored 10 and SaVonn Wingate had six points. T.J. Perkins and Terry Lee each had two points.

“It’s a team thing. We’ve got to come out and play together as a team and that’s why we won this game,” said junior Josh Council in a post-game interview with WPUB Radio.

“Everybody stepped up and played their role,” said Council.

State Championship T-shirts are available at Sports Connection in Dusty Bend in Camden for only $10. Sports Connection is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

State Championship Game DVD’s are also available from KM Video Productions of Camden. To order your commemorative DVD complete with play-by-play audio courtesy of WPUB Radio, call 803.713.7777 or log on to

2008-2009 Camden Boys Basketball Schedule

12/1/08McBeeHomeW, 70-39
12/2/08ChesterAwayW, 84-54
12/5/08Lugoff-ElginHomeW, 77-47
12/8/08North CentralAwayW, 64-41
12/12/08Lugoff-ElginAwayW, 65-48
12/13/08McBeeAwayW, 84-31
12/16/08North CentralHomeW, 78-42
12/18/08Central (Pageland)N.C. Christmas TournamentW, 80-47
12/19/08ChesterfieldN.C. Christmas TournamentW, 74-33
12/20/08Lugoff-ElginN.C. Christmas TournamentW, 90-59
1/5/09ChesterHomeW, 75-54
1/9/09Crestwood*AwayW, 64-53
1/13/09Wilson*HomeW, 79-41
1/16/09Darlington*HomeL, 83-75 (OT)
1/20/09Lakewood*AwayW, 78-57
1/23/09Marlboro County*HomeW, 54-49
1/27/09Crestwood*HomeW, 65-47
1/30/09Wilson*AwayW, 75-73 (OT)
2/3/09Lakewood*HomeW, 72-60
2/6/09Marlboro County*AwayW, 61-46
2/10/09Darlington*AwayL, 71-62
2/17/09Socastee**HomeW, 73-44
2/20/09North Charleston**HomeW, 74-58
2/24/09Lake City**HomeW, 89-68
2/28/09Battery Creek (Lower State Championship)Orangeburg, SCW, 69-68 (OT)
3/7/09Greer (State Championship)Colonial Life ArenaW, 77-62
*- Region VI-AAA Game **- Playoff Game


2008-2009 Camden Bulldogs Roster

5Bryant SalmondF6'112
10Trence TurnerG5'911
11Marcus BrownG5'911
12Evrik GaryG6'312
13K.J. CampbellF6'411
15T.J. PerkinsG5'1111
20Jesse OuttenC6'512
22Jay CouncilG6'312
23SaVonn WingateC6'110
24Dillon PikeF6'411
25Rasheed ByrdC6'311
30Terry LeeF6'011
33Josh CouncilF6'311
35John DaisC6'412


2009 Boys Basketball Championship Photo Gallery