NINETY SIX — In the 1986 film “Hoosiers,” several scenes show the Hickory High School team bus going to and from the away games with a large caravan of families and fans following them.
Friday night at Ninety Six, Newberry High School families and fans got to the school at all different times but it seemed like many of these same people waited until both team buses were pulling out of the parking lot before they headed for home also.
Like the Lady Bulldogs in the first game of the evening, the Bulldog boys never trailed in their 87-66 victory. They are now 20-2 on the season and in sole possession of first place in Region 2-AA.
This was Newberry’s eighth straight regional victory (and 10th overall including last year) as a victory over Batesburg-Leesville on Tuesday in the Scott Gym will give the Bulldog boys its second straight regional championship, and the seventh for Head Coach Chad Cary in 11 years at the helm of the team.
Newberry equaled a first quarter seasonal-high with eight different Bulldogs finding their way into the scoring book as they combined to score 32 points, the second most points after the opening quarter this season.
Kaheem Praylow, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career last month, dropped in seven points during the second quarter, which was instrumental in Newberry having a 50-34 lead at the break.
Ninety Six won the third quarter battle 21-19 as Newberry had already tallied 69 points, the 22nd straight game the Bulldogs have scored at least 65 points this season.
Trey Miller led the Newberry scoring with 15 points, having already garnered 10 of them in the first quarter.
Praylow finished with 14 points while the trio of Notorious Booker, Jalin Alexander and Jaylen Lindsay each put 12 points on the scoreboard.
Jeremy Summers, like Praylow and Alexander, also scored in each of the four quarters as he finished with nine points.
Tyon Williams and Bennett Wilson each made their way into the scoring column as they scored six and four points respectively.
Raquon Davenport scored two points while the Newberry scoring ended with the lone free throw of Dominic Gilmore in the first quarter.
After hosting the Panthers on Tuesday, the regular season comes to a close on Thursday with Mid-Carolina coming to the Scott Gym on the Bulldogs’ senior night.