The Blackville Recreation basketball championship game went right down to the wire Sunday at the Elementary School gymnasium.
The Blackville Gold Team, however, put together a winning formula down the stretch to come away with a 39-35 win over the Blackville White Team.
Tied at 32-32 with 3:29 left, the Gold Team went on a 7-3 run to close out the game. Donis Davis, who led all scorers with 13 points, had four points during the run.
Gold Team coach Barry Armstrong said his team made the plays late in a very competitive game.
"Outstanding effort by both teams," Armstrong said. "It was back and forth almost the entire game. Offensively, I thought our players stepped up really well late when we needed a basket. Defensively, we also made key stops in the last few minutes of play."
The title game got off to a running start with the White Team taking a 4-2 lead on baskets by Zaveion Nix and Omarion Daniel.
Midway in the opening quarter, the Gold Team quickly seized the momentum. In transition, Donis Davis threaded a pass to Adrian Walker, who finished with a layup. Two possessions later, Sincere Boatwright corralled rebounded in the paint and scored on a putback.
Then with seconds ticking away to end the first quarter, the Gold Team went ahead 12-5 on a buzzer-beating halfcourt three-point shot by Davis.
Down 13-5 early in the second quarter, the White Team came back.
Jada Smalls took control in the paint, scoring six straight points to narrow the lead at 13-12. Moments later, the White Team went ahead 14-13 on a jumper by Omarion Daniel with 3:21 left in the first half.
The Gold Team rebounded before the end of the first half, taking a 22-16 lead on baskets by Davis, Boatwright and William O'Neal.
Fueled by the shooting of Deontae Hallman, Smalls and Nix, the White Team started the second half with a 13-7 run to tie the score at 29-29.
Tied at 32-32 with 4:32 left to play, the Gold Team took over. Walker got the troops going with a putback in the paint. Seconds later, Davis stole the inbound pass and scored on a layup. Two possessions later, Davis scored on a two-on-one fast break to put the team ahead 38-33 with 1:44 left to play.
"We had our chances, but couldn't put the ball in the basket late in the game," White Team coach Ronnie Thomas said. "They definitely had the quicker team. I thought our kids played a good game."
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