Pelion boys hold off White Knoll 64-59
From a school-size standpoint, it was a "David" vs. Goliath matchup Thursday night at White Knoll High School.
The Class 5A Timberwolves looked to hold homecourt against their visiting Class 3A neighbors from Pelion High School.
Instead, it was the Panthers who pulled out the 64-59 victory over White Knoll in the Lexington County matchup.
Malcolm Davis scored 20 points and Ethan Davis added 12 to lead Pelion (3-1). The Panthers also got a boost from Dylan Williamson, who scored 8 of his 10 points in the fourth quarter to help hold off a late White Knoll rally.
"In 10 years, when it's Thanksgiving and they're talking about how fat and ugly they are, they can talk about with their family 'Y'all remember in 2018 when we beat White Knoll?'," Pelion head coach David Smith said. "I mean it's special for our community. Pelion needs some good stuff to happen for it and obviously...the community enjoyed this tonight. It means a lot to me to be a small part of helping them celebrate and enjoy it."
The Panthers led 32-27 at halftime. After falling behind by 8, the Timberwolves stormed back with 10 unanswered points to take a 39-37 lead with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
Tauris Watson sparked the comeback with 7 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter. Jalen Jennings also contributed in finishing with 15 points, including 3, 3-pointers.
White Knoll took a 42-40 lead into the final period. Pelion regained the lead at 46-43, only to have Jennings tie the game with a bank shot 3-pointer.
The lead changed hands three more times before a reverse layup by Ethan Davis put the Panthers ahead for good at 51-50 with 1:53 left. The Timberwolves' next possession ended with a key charge taken by Williamson, who also scored three open layups off transition points created against the fullcourt pressure.
"We teach drawing charges all the time," Smith said. "I'll tell you what the secret is. I give them a biscuit for every charge they draw. So I gave out 5 biscuits on Wednesday (versus Columbia) because we had 5 charges drawn. I don't know how many we had tonight. We had some that didn't get called, but these kids love drawing charges because they love biscuits."
Pelion returns to action Saturday at home against North, while White Knoll (4-4) face Swansea Friday.
Brookland-Cayce 55, Dreher 44
Zack McCoy scored 17 points to lead the Bearcats (2-1).
White Knoll 46, Pelion 25
Gray Collegiate 67, Governor's School 37
Kayla Gordon scored 17 points, Rebekah Shoop and Ariana Marti each had 13 and Kennede Street added 11 for the Lady War Eagles.