HSBBB: Gillison’s game-winner gives Warriors region road win

Jashaun Gillison hit the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left to lift Whale Branch boys basketball to a 53-52 win at St. John’s on Tuesday to remain perfect in Region 7-1A play.

The Warriors got off to a slow start and trailed by eight after the first quarter, but Gillison heated up and scored 10 first-half points to help Whale Branch close the gap to 25-24 at halftime. Whale Branch edged ahead by one after three periods but was down one in the waning seconds before Gillison’s heroics.

AJ Singleton scored 19 points to lead the Warriors, while Gillison added 12. Queshawn Fields and Keith Chisolm each added eight points, with Chisolm doing all of his scoring in the fourth quarter. 

Alex Birrueta hit five 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half to lead St. John’s, while Crystihan Birrueta added 10 points.

Whale Branch (7-3, 3-0) hosts Lowcountry Leadership for a region game Friday.

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