Whale Branch’s boys rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to regain the lead but couldn’t hang on in a 54-50 defeat at Colleton County on Saturday.
Shemar Williams scored 15 points, Nick Pringle added 12, and Shawn Chisolm had 11 for the Warriors.
Alex Sherrill scored 21 points and Stephan Gadson added 15 to lead the Cougars.
“They shot the ball very well and attacked the basket,” Warriors coach Jim Raymond said. “We were not ready for that, and their defense created problems. They played with a lot of energy.”
Whale Branch (10-4) opens region play at home against Woodland at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.