Blue Devils outlast Warhorses in overtime

  • Keshawn Toney of WEHS takes it strong to the hoop in the Dec. 6 game at Wade Hampton.

On Dec. 4 in their season opener against Barnwell High, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team went through an absolute roller coaster ride for their first win of the season.

The in-county battle turned into a nip-and-tuck affair with the Blue Devils outlasting the Warhorses in overtime by a score of 62-55.

The game went into overtime after being tied 49-49 after regulation.

In the extra session, the Blue Devils were more aggressive offensively, outscoring the Warhorses 13-6 to close out the game.

“Big win for our team to open the season,” Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said.

The opening quarter was a see-saw affair with three lead changes and four ties.

The Warhorses scored 10 points in the quarter behind the shooting of Markell Corley who pumped in six points on three of four shooting from the field.

For the Blue Devils, Demarkiis Doe paced the offense with five points and Desmond Murray added two layups to put them ahead 11-10 after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter both defenses tightened up as the teams combined for only 14 points. Desmond Murray was the lone bright spot for the Blue Devils offensively. Murray scored seven of the team’s nine points to put them ahead 20-15 at halftime.

Down by five points, the Warhorses battled back in the third quarter. Russell Branch found his shooting touch, connecting on three of four shots. Pete Elmore also helped their cause, scoring four points in transition as the Warhorses tied the game at 34-34 late in the third quarter.

The Blue Devils, however, quickly regained the momentum in the fourth quarter. Destin Taylor rattled in a three-pointer and Keshawn Toney sank two free throws to put the team ahead 46-42.

Down but not out, the Warhorses rallied in the final two minutes, outscoring the Blue Devils 7-3 to force overtime with the game tied at 49 each.

In overtime, it was all Blue Devils, mainly Toney. Toney took over, scoring nine of the team’s 13 points.

Meanwhile, the Warhorses struggled to produce any kind of offense. They connected only three of 10 shots for six points to close out the game.

For the game, Toney led all scorers with 19 points and 14 rebounds.