HSBBB: Warriors’ late-game luck runs out vs. Raiders

Whale Branch boys basketball put up another strong fight on the road Saturday, but the Warriors couldn’t keep their season alive in a 49-46 loss at Hannah-Pamplico in the second round of the SCHSL 1A playoffs.

The Raiders got out to a strong start in the first quarter, outscoring Whale Branch 15-8 as the Warriors struggled to find their rhythm. Jim Raymond’s squad dug deep on defense in the second, holding Hannah-Pamplico to just two points in the period to trim the lead to 17-14.

AJ Singleton scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter including a trio of three-pointers as the Warriors pulled even going to the fourth at 38-38, but the Raiders edged away down the stretch to end Whale Branch’s season.

Singleton gave it his all in the second half, leading his team with 18 points including 11 in just the third period. Keith Chisholm scored 10 points for Whale Branch, and Quintillian Fields added seven.

Hannah-Pamplico’s Tyris Jenkins and Cyrus Ellison scored 14 points each to advance the Raiders to the Lower State semifinals against Carvers Bay on Thursday.

Whale Branch concludes its season with a record of 17-8.

By Wes Kerr

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