Fourth quarter rally propels Hawks past Blue Devils

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks have been flying high lately in varsity boys basketball play. Blackville-Hilda High started the season with a 1-2 record.
However, over the last six games, the Hawks have reversed its fortunes, winning five games, including its last four games in a row.
With the victories, Blackville-Hilda improves to 6-3 in the season.
Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley credits good offensive execution for the turnaround.
"Offensively, we struggled at the start of the season and much of that can be attributed to turnovers," Beasley said.
"Over the last few weeks, we been in a better flow offensively. It's like we're a different team now because we're taking high percentage shots, rebounding well and making our free throws."
The most impressive of the victories during the streak came Jan. 6 in a 53-36 win over Ridge-Spring-Monetta High.
The Hawks dominated the contest from the opening team leading by as much as 19 points in the second half.
Jaleel Hammonds was the spark plug for the Hawks offense. Hammonds spurred a 33-19 second half run with 14 points on six-of-nine shooting from the field, including a three-pointer. Hammonds finished with 16 points, seven steals and four assists.
Ridge-Spring Monetta shot under 40 percent from the field for the game. The 36 points scored was the lowest allowed by Blackville-Hilda.
"Offensively, I thought we got into a good flow early, especially with our transition game. Defensively, we played solid throughout. I thought we did a good job of rebounding and holding them to a lot of one shot opportunities."
Others shining offensively included Larry Johnson with nine points, including a three-pointer, six steals and four rebounds. Freddie Glover added six points and 10 rebounds. Joe Thomas had six points and seven rebounds. Jarvaris Dukes and Chris Kearse each had four points.