Blue Devils torch Whirlwinds in playoffs

  • Tyshawn Allen of Williston-Elko High out-muscles a Timmonsville High player for the ball.

After beating Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High for the region title six days ago, the biggest question going into post season play was how good can this Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team be?

Well, on Friday night in the Devils’ Den, the Timmonsville High Whirlwinds found out that answer the hard way in the second round of the class A playoffs.

Williston-Elko High, in search of their third post season wins in the last seven years, made quick work of Timmonsville High by a score of 58-41.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 19-3 overall. The team now advances to the third round of the playoffs where they played at Lewisville High Feb. 21.

Williston-Elko High coach Jeremy Lehman said a fast start was the key to victory.

“We came out and executed our game play really well,” Lehman said. “Defensively, we were able to force turnovers and turn those into easy baskets on the other end.”

The Whirlwinds were simply no match for the Blue Devils who went through them like a hot knife through butter.

A torrid start by the Blue Devils had the Whirlwinds trailing 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Blue Devils extended that lead to 35-14 before coasting in the second half.

Offensively, the Blue Devils matched a season-high level with four players scoring in double digits.

The group was led by Tyshawn Allen, who had arguably his best game of the season with 16 points, eight steals, five assists and five rebounds.

Allen did most of his damage in the third quarter with seven points, four assists and two steals.

“We just wanted to come out tonight and play well for our fans,” Allen said. “I was able to hit a couple of jumpers early on and from there it just fell into a good shooting rhythm.”

In the interior, Keshawn Toney had another dominating performance with 14 points and 13 boards.

Joining Allen and Toney in double figures were Desmond Murray and Demarkiis Doe.

Murray continues to be “Mr.Reliable” in the backcourt. He finished with 12 points, seven assists and five steals. Demarkiis Doe posted his tenth double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Tyran Parker pitched in six points and seven assists.