BHHS boys even score, beats HKT in rematch

Revenge was on the mind of the Blackville-Hilda boys varsity basketball Feb. 3 as they took on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

When the teams first met Jan. 9 in Norway, the Trojans had their way with the Hawks in a 67-53 blowout victory.

This time it was all Blackville-Hilda as they evened the season score in region action with a 68-52 win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Blackville-Hilda, which led 46-41 after three quarters, pulled away from Hunter-Kinard-Tyler with a 21-10 scoring run in the final eight minutes of play. Joe Thomas led the fourth quarter surge with six points. Freddie Glover had four points and five rebounds in the quarter.

For Blackville-Hilda High, Larry Johnson, Jarvaris Dukes and Joe Thomas fueled the offense. The trio accounted for 71 percent of the team's scoring.

Johnson was the top scoring gun for Hawks with 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Johnson was at his best in the first half when he erupted for 14 first half point on six-of-eight shooting from the field.

Dukes finished with 14 points, seven steals and five assists while Thomas added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

"We didn't play our best game the first time we played Hunter-Kinard-Tyler. We knew we were a better team than the one that showed up that night," Johnson said. "Tonight, we came out and played as a team and with a lot of confidence."

The victory extends Blackville-Hilda High winning streak to four games. Overall, the Hawks improves its mark to 13-7 and 7-4 in region play.

The Hawks are currently in fourth place in the region and one game out of first place with two games remaining in the regular season.

Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley said now it's crunch time for his team.

"We can go from fourth to first that how critical these next three games are. We control our own destiny all we have to do is go out and win," Beasley said. "Lately, we have been playing really well defensively. It's been the key to our resurgence. We need to keep playing at this high level."

Others playing well for the Hawks against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler were Freddie Glover and Roosevelt Hutto.
Glover registered eight points and 11 boards while Hutto added five points and eight rebounds.