Warhorses rumble past Hawks in roundball
The Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team got the best of in-county rival Blackville-Hilda by a score of 57-52 Friday night in the Hawks Nest.
Barnwell High, which led by as much as 12 points in the second half had it lead sliced to 48-46 with 1:57 left in the game. However, Barnwell High regained its shooting touch stretching hitting 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Nathan Felder highlighted Barnwell High with 26 points, including three three-pointers, six assists and four steals. Felder went 10-of-18 from the floor shooting.
With the win, Barnwell High evens its record at 1-1 in the season. Barnwell fell to Storm Thurmond High Dec. 2 in the season opener.
Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team responded well after losing to Strom Thurmond earlier in the week.
ÒI was very proud of the way we performed tonight,Ó Highsmith said.
ÒWe were able to get off to a good start and build an early lead. Blackville-Hilda made a run at us late, but our players never get rattled. We made some clutch free throws late in the game for the win.Ó
Turnovers and mistakes hampered Blackville-Hilda High in its attempt for a win in its season home opener.
Blackville-Hilda committed 27 turnovers, including 16 in the second half.
ÒThis was our first basketball game and we had a little first game jitters tonight,Ó Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley said.
ÒWe started off poorly with our shooting. However, we fought hard and got back into the game. I thought we had a couple of opportunities in the final quarter to pull even, but the ball just didnÕt bounce our way.Ó
In the opening period, the Warhorses were off and running behind the shooting of Felder and Wil Alexander. Felder had seven points while Alexander pumped in two three-pointers to put the Warhorses ahead at 15-7.
Early in the second quarter, the Warhorses continued to keep the Hawks offense grounded. Felder caught fire, scoring 11 points on five-of-seven shooting.
Terry Williams and Jared Williams also shouldered the scoring burden. Terry Williams broke down the
Hawks defense in transition, converting on two layups.
Jared Williams worked hard inside scoring two baskets on putback to extend the lead to 30-18 with 1:29 left in the first half.
ÒWe gave them too many easy baskets in the first half,Ó Beasley said. ÒWe have to do a better job of breaking the press. Barnwell got a lot of easy scores off its pressure defense.Ó
Blackville-Hilda, which converted on only nine field goals in the first half, found its rhythm in the third quarter. Led by Roosevelt Hutto and Miles Vice with six points each, the Hawks narrowed the lead to 38-33 as they outscored the Warhorses 13-4 in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Hawks continued on the comeback trail as Larry Smith, Chris Kearse and Freddie Glover all scored buckets in transition to cut the lead at 46-40.
Moments later, a basket by Glover in the paint got the lead down to a deuce at 48-46 with 1:47 left to play.
That however, was as close as the Hawks would get.
The Warhorses responded with a basket by Patrick Green in the paint.
On the inbounds play, Terry Williams came up with a steal and scored a basket to up the lead at 52-46. Barnwell closed the game out by going 6-of-6 from the line.
For Barnwell High, Patrick Green had seven points and 10 rebounds. Terry Williams finished with eight points, six steals and five assists.
For Blackville-Hilda, Hutto and Glover each posted double-doubles. Hutto led with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Glover had 10 points and 11 boards. Larry Johnson contributed seven points, four assists and three steals while Mile Vice added eight points, seven steals and four assists.