WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Academy boy’s basketball season began much in the same way it ended last year, when the Eagles fell to Ben Lippen 67-17 in their season opener.
“It was a tough opener against a good team and we have had limited practices due to the football playoffs,” head coach Joe Pitt said.
The game looked as if it was going to be a closely contested game, at least in the first quarter. Ben Lippen kicked off the scoring with an easy lay-up, but Bryant Carvalho hit a three set up by a John Coleman steal to put the Eagles back up.
Ben Lippen then ripped off a 6-0 scoring streak, to go up 8-3, but the Eagles would fight back. A couple of John Coleman free throws brought Richard Winn back within three.
The Eagles hit a tricky shot to march all the way back to within just one point, but then Ben Lippen found a quick surge.
The Hawks stole the ball off an inbound pass then scored, got a foul and completed the three-point play to go back up 11-7. And they were not through. Two Richard Win turnovers were converted into four points for Ben Lippen, and they ended the quarter up 15-9.
The second quarter was a travesty for Richard Winn, as they only managed to score two points in the quarter, while Ben Lippen put up 29. At half the Eagles were down 44-11, and they would not score another field goal until Carvalho knocked down a jumper at the end of the third quarter.
In the second half, the Eagles only put together three points in the third quarter as opposed to Ben Lippen’s 15.
Richard Winn scored two in the fourth quarter, as the Hawks continued to pile on with an eight-point quarter. The Eagles scored nine in the first quarter, but only scored eight more points in the duration of the game.
“We had 26 turnovers and shot 13 percent from the field,” Pitt said.
The Eagles will have a chance to rebound against a familiar opponent, the Whitmire Wolverines. The two met twice last season with Richard Winn taking the first game, 70-61, and Whitmire winning the second, 78-49.
That game tipped off Monday night at Richard Winn. Results were not in by press time.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.