HSBBB: Warriors survive scrap with Hemingway in first round

HSBBB: Warriors survive scrap with Hemingway in first round

Whale Branch boys basketball keeps finding ways to win, and the Warriors did it again Thursday to advance to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs with a hard-fought 54-49 home victory over Hemingway.

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AJ Singleton delivered a standout performance for the Warriors, racking up 19 points to lead all scorers. Queashawn Fields scored a big 10 points, and Keith Chisholm added eight to send the Warriors into the second round.

After an evenly-played first half tied at 24, Jim Raymond’s team found a way despite seeing Jashaun Gillison foul out late in the third quarter. The Warriors dug in on defense, allowing just eight Tiger points in the period to go up 36-32, but the Tigers opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run capped by a Darrell Jones 3-pointer to open a three-point lead.

Whale Branch answered with six quick points of its own, though, and didn’t trail again. Quintillion Fields sparked the rally with a blocked shot and save to Singleton, who went coast to coast to put the Warriors on top for good, then Chisholm found Quintillion Fields on an inbounds play for a bucket inside, and Singleton put back an offensive rebound to keep it a three-point margin.

Hemingway clawed within a point one more time, but Queashawn Fields dived on a loose ball and Raymond was awarded a timeout to retain possession before his brother Quintillion buried a baseline jumper and the Warriors overcame some late difficulty with the Tigers’ full-court press to close it out at the foul line.

Whale Branch (17-7) will travel to sixth-ranked Hannah-Pamplico (21-6) for a second-round matchup Saturday.

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