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Tylon Scurry rushes to the hoop.

HONEA PATH  – Though playing without its leader, head coach Eddie Romines, no roars were heard from the Belton-Honea Path Bears as Clinton led at the end of all quarters and coasted to a double-digit victory, 57-44, Tuesday night. 

Romines was vacant from the Red Devil sidelines due to sickness (Covid). Assistant coach Dontavius Glenn stepped in for Romines. 

“Guys played with great effort, we executed and we were trying to get prepared for region play. They played hard tonight for Coach Romines; he’s out sick right now. They laid it on the line. It was tough for a minute but we were able to finish it,” said Glenn. “Austin Copeland had a big game. He hit some shots that he hasn’t hit all season, and that’s good going into region play.” 

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Taliek Fuller

Taliek Fuller led the Red Devils with 16 points, followed by Austin Copeland with 15. Wil Stewart scored 9, Wilson Wages 7, Jamon Golden and Tylon Scurry each with 4. Tae Speaks and Caleb Taylor both scored 2.

BHP (3-13) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead but it was quickly erased as Wil Stewart knocked down a trifecta to give the Red Devils an early 5-4 lead. The Bears stayed close for the remainder of the 1st quarter and Clinton led 14-12. Clinton shot 5-14 from the field and 2-5 from behind the arc in the opening frame. 

Clinton (7-2) jumped out to a quick start in the 2nd, knocking down 3 of its 1st 4 shots. Unable to keep up, the Bears struggled and began 1-5. Overall, the Bears shot a dismal 3-14 (0-1 from 3) from the field in the 2nd quarter. Clinton found its best shooting performance of the night and went 8-14 to push its lead to 30-22 at halftime. 

The 3rd quarter featured a distinct difference in its beginning and ending. Clinton was primed to break it open opening the 2nd half, knocking down 5 of its 1st 7 shots, including 1-1 from behind the arc. At the end, the Devils couldn’t buy a bucket. After its hot start, the Red Devils concluded the 3rd quarter shooting 1-11.  

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Austin Copeland

Glenn called a timeout with time winding down in the 3rd quarter and was visibly, and audibly, upset with his team’s performance and for letting BHP hang around for too long. 

The Bears didn’t exactly shoot the lights out either, albeit it was a good shooting percentage, as they went 4-7 from the field. BHP also had its best freebie quarter and went 5-6 from the free-throw line. After 3, Clinton still led by 8 at 44-36. 

BHP held a clear advantage in free throws attempted and went 14-29 from the line in comparison to Clinton’s 4-5 on the night. 

The Devils took Glenn’s message to heart and shot 5-10 from the field with no extended cold streaks in the 4th quarter. The Bears continued their overall shooting woes and went 3-11 in the final period. 

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Wil Stewart

“They were able to adapt and regroup. Basketball is a game of runs, they made a great run there and we were able to come out in the 4th and finish ‘em off, though,” said Glenn. 

For the Bears, Jamaih Glenn led with 14 points. 

Clinton held a decent advantage on the boards, 35-28. 

Overall, Clinton shot 24-56 from the field and 4-11 from 3. In comparison, the Bears shot 14-39 and 2-7 from 3. Clinton won the 1st game between the two 53-27.

Clinton opens its Region 3-3A schedule with Union County paying a visit Friday night.

 

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Caleb graduated from Clinton high school in 2017 and later graduated from the University of South Carolina in May with a bachelor's degree in journalism. When he's not on the sidelines, Caleb enjoys watching sports, playing video games and basketball.