WINNSBORO — The Newberry High School boys varsity basketball team remains undefeated at 5-0 after a 78-71 victory Saturday at Fairfield Central high as they avoided a four-game sweep by the Griffins on the day.
The varsity boys only needed 73 seconds to jump out to an 8-2 lead as the Griffins called a time-out as two of their last three baskets during this run came from Jaylen Lindsay dunks.
Newberry’s Trey Miller’s lay-up gave the Bulldogs a 10 point cushion at 17-7 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Newberry’s 27 points in the first quarter was a season-high for the Bulldogs in their first eight minutes of play.
The Griffins scored eight of their final 10 points in the second quarter from the charity stripe as the nice boisterous contingent from Newberry cheered the Bulldogs off the court having a 45-37 advantage at the time.
While the individual fouls, team time-outs and second half possessions are always checked between assistant coach Adonis Hill and the Newberry High score book keeper, Bulldog head coach Chad Cary had one thing he wanted to know also: Fairfield Central free throws.
The Griffins converted 13 of their 18 first half opportunities from the charity stripe, while they would go on to be 22-of-31 for the game.
Newberry, in the same time frame, went three-of-five and nine-of-18.
Fairfield Central cut the lead down to a single possession with 7:15 left in the game, 62-60,but they were never able to get any closer on the lead.
Newberry grabbed all of their momentum back from Fairfield Central’s run with 4:45 left in the game when Lindsay took Bennett Wilson’s assist for the dunk and the 68-63 advantage.
Wilson was credited with another assist with 90 seconds left in the evening as his feed to Dominic Gilmore made the score 76-67 after the lay-up.
Notorious Booker led the Newberry scoring with 22 points, including garnering 18 of them in the first half.
Along with Booker, Wilson also scored in each of the four quarters as he finished with 17 points.
Lindsay contributed 14 points while Raquon Davenport saw nine points go in.
Miller scored eight points, Gilmore scored six while the Newberry scoring ended with the two points of Demarcus Gilmore.
Newberry, who improves to 20-1 since Jan. 1, will travel to Spartanburg High tonight (Monday) as their regularly scheduled game with the Vikings was changed from Wednesday.
The varsity Bulldogs will try to defend their two-time defending championship status at this weekend’s basketball tournament at Newberry College, which will begin on Friday and conclude on Monday.
While the varsity boys keep winning, the Lady Bulldogs weren’t so lucky.
The varsity girls, after starting the season at 2-0, lost their third straight game in a span of five days after their 62-37 defeat in the third game on the agenda.
Kelsey Falls scored in each of the four quarters as she finished with 19 points.
Also, Tyshira Bates scored seven while Fatima Sims saw four points fall in.
Arnasia Boyd contributed three points while the Lady Bulldogs scoring ended with the two points apiece of Esha Mathis and Nigeria Davis.
On the junior varsity front, Tynassa Gladden scored eight points as the junior varsity Lady Bulldogs fell 19-18 in game one. The junior varsity boys’ team fell 37-29 as they were led by the 11 points of Bryton Downing.