Hawks soar from behind to sink Vikings
Everything was seemingly going the Denmark-Olar High boys’ way in Friday’s clash with Blackville-Hilda High in the Hawks’ Nest.
Denmark-Olar had a double-digit lead in the second quarter and was primed to knock off its Hwy. 78 rivals for the third time in two years.
Then, out of nowhere, Blackville-Hilda High responded.
Blackville-Hilda High used a big run midway in the second quarter to trim what was a 12-point deficit to a 28-24 Vikings lead at the half.
From there, Blackville-Hilda High seized the momentum, outscoring the Denmark-Olar High 42-35 in the second half to pull out a 66-63 win.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 2-2 in the standings.
Blackville-Hilda High coach Ryan Moody said the team battled through early adversity.
“I think we came out a little nervous, but we never lost our poise,” Moody said.
“They came out and jumped on us early, but we called a timeout and made some quick adjustments. We changed our defense and started executing better on the offensive end,” he said.
Adonis Davis highlighted the Hawks offensively with 22 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Davis showed up when it mattered the most, scoring nine points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Another player who stepped up for the Hawks was Joseph Holman. Holman turned in a double-double peformance with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Others shining for the Hawks included Ja’Quavion James with eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Kawaun Odom finished with six points and seven rebounds.
Defensively, Walter Nix helped fuel a unit that forced 18 turnovers. Nix finished with with seven rebounds, six steals and two blocked shots.
“After losing a couple of close games, this big win tonight does wonders for our confidence,” Moody said.