BHS boys compete in holiday tournament

The Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team competed in the Aiken High School Holiday tournament Dec. 27-30.

The six-team field consisting of Allendale-Fairfax High and 4A teams Aiken High, Lower Richland High of Columbia along with Hephzibah High and Glenn Hills High of Augusta.

For the Warhorses, the holiday season wasn't kind to them on the hardwood as victory escaped the team in three outings in the tournament.

Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team played well despite the losses.

"We played some very tough teams with a lot of basketball history," Highsmith said.

"In all of our games, we started off well then we just fell off at the end. Overall I thought this was a great experience for our players. Playing this caliber of competition will help us down the stretch of the season."

Barnwell began the tournament with Aiken in the opening round.

In the contest, the Warhorses galloped out to a 28-16 halftime lead.

In the second half, the momomentum shifted to the Hornets as the Warhorses' scoring fell off. Aiken High outscored Barnwell High by a count of 41-21 in the last two quarters to take the victory.

The Warhorses were led in the contest by Terry Williams and Jared Williams.
Terry scored eight of his team high 13 points in the first half. Jared Williams recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Others playing well included Patrick Green with eight points and nine rebounds. Wil Alexander had two three-pointers while Chris Mixon and Chase Bell each added four points.

In the second round, Barnwell High fell to Hephzibah High by a score of 41-34.

For the second straight game, the Warhorses held a halftime lead only to lose at the final buzzer.

Paced by Alexander with two three-pointers in the first half, the Warhorses led 18-14 at intermission.
However, another scoring drop plagued the Warhorses with the team connecting on only seven field goals in the second half. Hephzibah outscored the Warhorses 27-16 in the second half for the win.

Barnwell High top scorers for the game were Jared Williams and Patrick Green, each with eight points. Phazon Odom scored six points while Terry Williams, Nate Felder and Patrick Green each pitched in six points.

In the team's final game, the Warhorses fell to Glenn Hills High by a score of 55-49. Barnwell High, which trailed 31-21 at halftime, battled back to narrow the lead to 47-43 with 1:49 left to play.

However, that was a close as Barnwell got as Glenn Hills held on for the win.

For the game, Terry Williams had 10 points, including a three-pointer. Chris Mixon had a good, all-around game with nine points, six steals and three rebounds. Jared Williams and Nathan Felder each scored eight points. Alexander had two three-pointers and two assists.