Warhorses drub Yellowjackets

  • Earl Bostic Jr. of Barnwell High drives the paint for two of his game-high 15 points.

The Barnwell High varsity boys drubbed Branchville High 71-47 Friday in the final round of the Hawks’ Invitational holiday basketball tournament.

Barnwell High, which trailed briefly in the first quarter, shot a season-best 50.7 percent from the field on 28-of-55 field goal tries.

It was a second half surge by Barnwell High that turned the game into a rout in the final quarter. During the last two quarters, the Warhorses dominated the Yellowjackets with a 45-22 advantage in scoring. The Warhorses also won the battle on the glass with a 23-11 edge in rebounding.

With the win, Barnwell High completed the tournament with a 2-2 record.

Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said his team played strong from start to finish.

“Absolutely great performance from everyone,” Highsmith said. “Defensively, we contested shots and held them to mostly one-shot opportunities. Offensively, we distributed the ball well and took good shots.”

For Barnwell High, balanced scoring was the blueprint for victory as a season-high 11 players contributed offensively.

The team got an outstanding performance inside from center Earl Bostic Jr.. Bostic posted his first double double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bostic did most of his damage with 10 points and four rebounds during a 33-10 scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Joining Bostic with a double digit scoring outing were Devin Creech and Reggie Roberts. Creech added 11 points, including two 3-pointers and seven steals. Roberts had 10 points, including a three-pointer and four steals.

Another player who had a fine game was Tyrese Drayton with eight points, six assists and four rebounds.

Rounding out the scoring included James Mingo with six points, and Delonta Wright, Jacoby Bailey and Pete Elmore with five points each.

“This was a big win for our team to close out the tournament. Hopefully this momementum will carry on into region play next week,” Highsmith said.