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With some of there varsity basketball players still with the gridiron team in the state playoffs, the Newberry Panthers opened their 2012-13 basketball season by hosting the Williston Red Devils.
The Red Devils wasted little time, and got off to a quick start against the under manned Panthers.
The Red Devil offense was on display in the first half of the game as they coasted to a 46-30 half time lead even though they began to substitute early in the game.
Using 12 different players, the Red Devils were led in the first half by Damien Strange (14 points) Tre Wilson (11 points), Alex Porter (8points), and Earl Brown (7 points).
The first half rout would have been much worse except for the shooting by the Panthers’ Harold Strawder. Strawder, accounted for five 3-point baskets in the first half to keep the Panthers in the game in the first half. He ended the first half with 19 points for the Panthers.
The Red Devils began the second half with an approach to their defensive game, as they held the Panthers to just eight third quarter points, while taking a 63-38 lead.
Playing every player on the bench through out the second half, the Red Devils put their defense in high gear in the fourth and final quarter completely shutting the Panthers down and not allowing them a single fourth quarter point while scoring 16 points of their own, taking a clock running 79-38 win.
This was the season opening game for both teams. The Red Devil defense held the Panthers’ Strawder to just onesecond half point.
Strawder finished with a game high 20 points of the Panthers 38. Strange and Wilson led the Red Devils in scoring with 17 points each. Brown and Porter had 14 points each to round out the Red Devils scoring.
In earlier game action, both teams opened their JV seasons.
Building on a 33-15 half time lead, the Red Devils with 9 freshman on their JV team, went on to an easy 69-40 win. Desmond Shanklin led the Red Devil JV with 15 points, while Malik Hall and D’onte King each had 13 points. All 12 JV players saw substantial playing time for the Red Devils. John Harmon led the Panther JV with 11 points.
The Red Devils will play their first HOME game on Friday Nov. 30, as they host district foe Keystone Heights. Game times are 4:30 pm JV boys, 6 pm Varsity Girls and 7:30 pm Varsity boys.