NEWBERRY — The absence of Trey Miller proved to be no problem for the NHS Bulldogs on Friday night. The senior starter and stalwart three-point threat missed the game against Ninety Six because he was attending the Beta Club Convention, but his teammates made up for his absence and clinched a third straight region title.
On Senior Night the boys held serve at Scott Gymnasium, winning their 20th straight region contest, 89-42.
Ninety Six led early but a Newberry run and up-tempo defense led to transition baskets. The Bulldogs led 25-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Raquon Davenport’s 12 points in the second quarter to single handedly outscore the Ninety Six team by three that quarter, and Newberry went into the locker rooms enjoying a 48-19 lead.
Needing to win one of their remaining three games to lock up a third straight region title, the NHS squad poured it on in the second half and won convincingly. With eight minutes to play, the Bulldogs led 67-32. That allowed the senior laden Bulldogs to go to their bench and get underclassmen some needed experience.
Davenport finished with 18 points from three quarters of play while Bennett Wilson scored 15, also in the first three quarters of the game.
Santell Quattlebaum finished with eight points while the trio of Raydell Davis, Josh Davis and Jaylen Lindsay each scored seven points.
Devin Harmon and Trey Gary scored six points each while Notorious Booker finished with five.
K.J. Fields and Demarcus Gilmore contributed four points each while the Newberry scoring ended with the two points of Dominic Gilmore. Defense set the tone for Newberry throughout, as the athletic Bulldogs over ran the Ninety Six guards and consistently scored points in the paint on set plays and in transition.
The Bulldogs held Ninety Six to 18 field goals to their 36 made baskets..
Newberry improved to 18-4. The Dogs close the season with road games against Batesburg-Leesville (Tuesday) and Mid-Carolina (Thursday), before hosting an opening round playoff game Feb. 19.