Warhorses out-gun Tigers in region play
The Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team was hitting on all cylinders on the road Friday night in its 67-64 region win over Allendale-Fairfax High.
The Tigers, who trailed by as much as 18 points in the contest, mounted a furious fourth quarter to narrow the score at the end.
For the Warhorses, balanced scoring was the blueprint to victory as the team had a season-high four players scoring in double figures.
Russell Branch and Pete Elmore highlighted the team offensively. Branch led with 16 points, seven assists and four steals. Pete Elmore contributed 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
With the win, Barnwell High moves to 2-1 in region play.
Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team is starting to gain momentum.
“We’ve been playing really well the last couple of weeks and it’s been a total team effort,” Highsmith said. “Tonight, we were able to get out to a big lead which allowed us to play a lot of our players.”
In the opening quarter, neither team could get much separation in a period that featured five lead changes and three ties.
For the Tigers, it was Lonzando Badger, Demoray Devoe and Shawn Jones scoring in transition for a 6-4 lead.
The Warhorses, however, quickly answered behind the play of Brashawn Spann and James Mingo. Spann got the Warhorses started in transition with a block and outlet pass to Markell Corley for a bucket. Moments later, James Mingo came off the bench and drained a three-pointer to put the Warhorses ahead 14-11 with 32 seconds left in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, the Warhorses continued to flourish offensively. Russell Branch went baseline and scored on a jumper. After another blocked shot by Spann, Pete Elmore scored on a layup to increase the lead to 16-11.
Trailing 19-13 with 6:39 left in the first half, the Tigers clawed back behind the play of Tyquavian Youmans. Youmans took command, scoring six of his seven points in the paint as the Tigers narrowed the lead to 24-20 with 1:28 left in the first half.
The third quarter proved to be decisive. Leading by eight points at halftime, the Warhorses pulled away behind the shooting of Russell Branch and Pete Elmore. The duo combined for 14 points as the Warhorses stretched their lead to 46-32 with 1:07 left in the quarter.
Trailing by as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter, the Tigers clawed back on the shooting of Shawn Jones and Tyquavian Youmans.
Jones scored seven of his game-high 17 points and Youmans added five points as the Tigers narrowed the deficit to 65-60 with 1:03 left to play.
“I think once we got out to the big lead we got a little complacent with all the different players we were rotating in and out,” Highsmith said.
Rounding out the scoring for Barnwell High included Jacoby Bailey with 11 points and six steals. Brashawn Spann had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. James Mingo scored six points, Ziran Williams finished with five points and Bobby Carter contributed three points.
For the Tigers, Youmans recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Badger also had a solid game with 12 points, eight assists and five steals.