For The Observer
SPARTANBURG — Trailing by a point with 40 seconds to go Monday at Spartanburg High’s gym, Dominic Gilmore’s rebound and layup after a Trey Miller missed shot put the Bulldogs ahead, 85-84, but the Vikings would call a time-out with 9.8 seconds to set up their potential game winning shot.
With the clock now under five seconds and Viking fans in attendance screaming to pass it down low, the pass instead was picked off by Newberry’s Bennett Wilson who fed the ball off to teammate Notorious Booker who dribbled out the final two seconds to preserve the 85-84 victory.
Neither team built up a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs led after the first two quarters, 23-22 and then 49-41 at the break, but the Vikings would start the second half with the arrow in their favor.
The Vikings went on a 26-to-17 run in the third quarter as the Big 16 member took a one-point advantage into the final eight minutes of play, 67-66.
Wilson led the Newberry scoring with 17 points in the final three quarters, with nine of them coming in the second quarter.
Trey Gary scored eight of his 16 points on the night in the first quarter.
Gilmore’s seven fourth quarter points helped lead him to scoring 15 points while Miller scored a game high 10 points in a quarter (third) to finish with 13 points. Also, Jaylen Lindsay and Booker each saw eight points go in while Josh Davis finished with four points.
The Newberry scoring ended with the two points apiece of Devin Harmon and Raquon Davenport.
The Lady Bulldogs fell for the fourth straight time this season after a 56-37 loss to the Lady Vikings.
Tyshira Bates led the Newberry scoring with nine points while both Arnasia Boyd and Keley Felks scored eight points apiece. Esha Mathis contributed six points. Nigeria Davis scored four points while Alia Hunter ended the Newberry scoring with two points.
The Newberry varsity boys defend their two-time tournament championship status at the third annual Newberry College Christmas Classic which opens Friday in Eleazor Arena.
Game one begins at 3:30 p.m. with Clinton facing off against Batesburg-Leesville. Strom Thurmond and White Knoll square off at 5 p.m. while game three sees Easley and St. Joseph’s starting the evening version of basketball off around 6:30. The evening concludes at 8 p.m. with Newberry going up against Midland Valley.
The tournament is also be played on Saturday and concludes Monday.
Admission each day is $5 per person.