Barnwell varsity boys get nipped by Silver Bluff

The Barnwell High Warhorses were nipped by the Silver Bluff High Bulldogs by a score of 52-47 in region play Friday in Petticoat Junction.

Barnwell High led by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Warhorses couldn't maintain the advantage. Down 16-7 with 6:29 left in the first half, the Bulldogs barked back, outscoring the Warhorses 46-32 to finish the game.

Theron Stephen led the comeback for Silver Bluff with 17 points, including 13 in the second quarter.

Barnwell High was its own worst enemy in the game especially at the free throw line where they went eight-of 17. Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team missed too many scoring chances.

"We should have won this game tonight, but we hurt ourselves with turnovers and missed free throws," Highsmith said. "Silver Bluff is our big rival and its always tough when we play up there. I have to give credit to our kids we played hard throughout. If it wasn't for all the missed free throws, we probably would have pulled it out."

The loss drops Barnwell High to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in region play.

At the start of the contest, it was all Barnwell High. On Barnwell High's first possession, Wil Alexander rattled in a three-pointer for the first points of the game.

On the next trip down the court, Nathan Felder split a couple of defenders in the paint as he scored on a layup.

With seconds left in the first quarter, Patrick Green got a rebound and scored on a jumper in the paint to put the Warhorses ahead 9-4.

In the second stanza, the Warhorses continued to thrive offensively. On a three-on-two fast break, Terry Williams scored a layup as he was fouled going to the basket. Williams then hit the free throw to converted the three-point play.

The Warhorses added to its lead on the next two possessions on layups by Alexander and Felder.

Down 16-7 early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs fought back with a 18-7 run to take a 25-23 halftime lead. Stephens had 15 points, including three three-pointers in the quarter.

The Warhorses had a five-minute scoring drought when they went 0-11 from the field in the quarter.

In the second half, the Bulldogs held off the Warhorses, outscoring them 27-24 in the third and fourth quarters.

"It was a very tough game that went right down to the wire," Highsmith said. "We didn't win the game, but I was proud of my team's effort. I thought Jared Williams and Willie Williamson played an outstanding game defensively."

For the game, Barnwell High was led by Felder with 15 points. Alexander backed him up with 13 points. Green had eight points while Chris Mixon pitched in four points.