BHS boys rebound with win over Wagener-Salley

  • Julius Arnold of the Warhorses goes strong in the paint in Friday’s second round game against Williston-Elko.

Fears of any lingering effects from the Barnwell High boys second round loss to in-county rival Williston-Elko High were quickly silenced Saturday in the Warhorses’ 71-60 third round win over Wagener-Salley High in the Hawks’ holiday tournament.

Trailing 30-29 at halftime, the Warhorses circled the wagons in the third quarter and outscored the War Eagles, 25-11. Russell Branch sparked the team in the third quarter with seven points on three of five shooting from the field.

It was also a hot-shooting night for James Mingo of the Warhorses. Mingo, who opened the game with eight first-quarter points, finished with a game-high 21 points on nine of 12 shooting from the field. Mingo also had six rebounds and three assists.

With the win, Barnwell High completed the tournament with a 2-1 record.

Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team didn’t panic after a shaky start.

“They jumped on us early, but we never got rattled. Overall, I thought our team played with a lot of poise tonight,” Highsmith said.

For the game, the Warhorses had a season-high four players scoring in double digits.

Joining Mingo and Branch were Ziran Williams and Brashawn Spann. Williams had 12 points, including nine in the second half. Spann recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Others scoring included Brandon Buckmon and Chris Hicks with four points each.