NEWBERRY — The Newberry High boys varsity team dropped their first game of the season Dec. 20 at Newberry College’s Eleazor Arena to Midland Valley. This was also the Bulldogs’ first loss inside the county in 43 games, which dates back to January 2011.
Six lead changes occurred throughout their game with the Mustangs but none of them were in favor of the Bulldogs after each quarter, including at the final buzzer, 77-65.
Bennett Wilson scored 17 points while Jaylen Lindsay also ended the evening in double digits as he finished with 15 points.
Elsewhere, Trey Miller and Trey Gary each scored nine points while Notorious Booker finished with eight points.
The Newberry scoring ended with the four points of Dominic Gilmore and the three points of Devin Harmon.
Scores from Friday
Clinton 78 Strom Thurmond 52 St. Joseph’s 67
Batesburg-Leesville 37 White Knoll 50 Easley 48
Needing to bounce back on Saturday to avoid going into Monday’s schedule of being winless in the tournament heading into the final day, Newberry high went up against 4-A Easley.
The Bulldog led after each of the four quarters as they turned a 34-21 halftime lead into a 79-59 victory at the final buzzer.
Looking for 10 points to eclipse the 1000-point mark for his career, Miller did just that as the first half was ending with a three-point play. Miller would end the evening with 21 points.
Wilson contributed 14 points while Booker scored 10. Lindsay scored eight points while Gilmore saw six points fall through.
Raquon Davenport and Gary each scored five points, Demarcus Gilmore scored four, Harmon (three) while Raydell Davis dropped in two points.
The Newberry scoring ended with the lone point of Sentrell Quattlebaum as they improve to 7-1 on the season.
Scores from Saturday
White Knoll 69 Clinton 58 Midland Valley 57 (ot)
Batesburg-Leesville 39 Strom Thurmond 49 St. Joseph’s 54
The 2013 Newberry Christmas Tournament came to a close on Monday with Easley taking seventh place with their 66-53 victory over Batesburg-Leesville.
Newberry never trailed in its 77-56 victory over another 4-A school, White Knoll, to claim the consolation bracket championship.
The Timberwolves actually won the second and third periods by a total of four points, but the Bulldogs had already built up a 31-4 advantage after the opening eight minutes of play, a season-high for them.
Miller scored 14 points while Booker contributed 12 points.
Harmon just missed ending in double digits as he scored nine points while Lindsay saw eight points go in.
Wilson and Demarcus Gilmore each added in six points for Newberry while both Dominic Gilmore and Davenport scored five points apiece.
K.J. Fields and Gary scored four points apiece while the Newberry scoring ended with the two points each of Josh Davis and Tyrell Mendenhall.
Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s claimed third place honors with their 53-44 victory over Strom Thurmond.
Midland Valley’s 65-56 victory over Clinton handed the Mustangs the championship trophy.
The All-tournament team is as follows:
Batesburg-Leesville: Jacquiel Chandler
Easley: Hakeim Warren
White Knoll: TJ. Knight
Newberry: Bennett Wilson
Strom Thurmond: Donte Stover
St. Joseph’s: Alexander Powell
Clinton Tay Cook and Nike Davis
Midland Valley: Taijha Turner, Kameron Brown, Daniel Carr (Tournament MVP)