The Braves jumped out to an early lead with a 9-point run in the first quarter. Travis Small and Josh Newsome had two quick three-point shots while Jaron Brown drove to the basket and drew a foul while completing his shot. The Braves held Lee Central scoreless until the 2:13 mark of the period.
Central then scored the next ten points in the quarter and took a quick lead over Cheraw, but that was not held long because the Braves ended the first period ahead, 11-10.
Both teams continued to play well into the second period, as Lee Central stayed a shot behind the Braves. At the end of the first half, Cheraw held a two-point lead over Lee Central 25-23.
Halftime ended and the third period started off much to the same pace of the first. Cheraw forced Lee Central to call a quick timeout after going on a six-point scoring streak. The Stallions regained some composure to keep the Braves from getting a very large lead but were still unable to take over as they trailed 34-30 a the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was back and forth action as both teams scored basket after basket. The Braves clung to a four-point lead that grew as time ran out. Lee Central was forced to begin fouling the Braves to stop the clock and Cheraw made good on all of the shots. The Braves pulled away in the final moments of the game and closed out on another home victory.
“We wanted to concentrate on knowing where Mike Hunch was at all times,” said coach Tony Harrell. “We had a game to stop him.”
“Cliff got into some foul trouble early on but other guys stepped up and played well,” said Coach Harrell. “Josh Newsome had a big game for us. Even though he did not score many points, he did great with rebounding and being physical.”
The Braves will travel to Central Pageland for the next game and Coach Harrell plans to take advantage of this week.
“We are going to go back to practice and get better on our fundamentals,” said Coach Harrell.
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