Hawks soar to sink Vikings

  • Montreal Saxon of Blackville-Hilda High soars for two of his 10 points in the team’s Dec. 20 win over Barnwell

After opening the season with two straight losses, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity boys basketball team broke into the win column in their Dec. 16 home matchup against Denmark-Olar High.

Blackville-Hilda High picked a perfect night to play its most complete game of the season.

For Blackville-Hilda High, the team played superb defense, shared the ball offensively, hit the boards and limited turnovers.

In the end, it all added up to a resounding 60-44 victory over Hwy. 278 rival Denmark-Olar High.

Trailing 26-21 at halftime, Blackville-Hilda High dominated the second half by outscoring Denmark-Olar High 39-18.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 1-2 in the standings.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley said it was only a matter of time before things came together for the team.

“I thought we played well in the first two games even though we came up short. Tonight, we finally were able to put the pieces together,” Beasley said. “I thought we came out and executed well from the start to the end.”

Offensively, Adonis Jones carried the team with 21 points, eight steals and seven assists. Jones did most of his damage during the fourth quarter when he erupted for 11 points during a Hawk 22-10 scoring run.

Evan Staley, who led the team in scoring during the first two games, finished with 17 points on six of 10 shooting form the field and five of seven from the free throw line.

Several others performing well included Kuwaun Odom with nine points and eight rebounds. Karim Kinard had six points and 11 rebounds. Montreal Saxon added seven points and nine steals.

“We came out with a lot energy tonight on both ends of the court. We were able to control the tempo by pushing the ball and converting in transition,” Beasley said.