Blackville-Hilda boys end drought

  • Montreal Saxon of Blackville-Hilda High drives baseline for a basket in Friday’s home game against Ridge-Spring Monetta.

The Blackville-Hilda High boys varsity basketball team broke out of a mid-season slump in impressive fashion Saturday night in the Hawks’ Nest.

Blackville-Hilda High snapped its four-game slide with a thrilling 97-91 double overtime win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

Trailing 88-86 with 1.4 seconds to play in the first overtime period, Blackville-Hilda High looked to be headed for its fifth straight loss.

Karim Kinard, however, came through in the clutch for the Hawks. Kinard grabbed a rebound in the paint and scored on a putback to send the game into double overtime.

In the second overtime, the Hawks gained the advantage for good, thanks to their free throw shooting. Paced by four points by Evan Staley, the team connected on seven of nine shots from the charity stripe to secure the game.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda improves to 5-9 in the standings.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley said the team needed a win to get them going again.

“Great win and a good confidence boost for our team,” Beasley said. “We suffered some tough losses over the last couple of weeks, but we found a way to win. We had several players to step up in a big way tonight.”

The Hawks had a season-high five players score in double figures led by senior Evan Staley. Staley recorded a double-double with 29 points, 11 steals and six assists. Freshman point guard Adonis Davis also notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists.

Others enjoying a good night on the hardwood included Karim Kinard with 12 points, Ja’quavian James with 12 points and Kuwaun Odom with 10 points.

“It was a well-played game by both teams. I thought our players did a very good job of limiting turnovers and creating scoring opportunities in the paint,” Beasley said.

The Hawks took command early with a lead. The Red Raiders, however, responded in the second quarter to tie the game at halftime before the thriller ending at double-overtime.