WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Academy boys basketball team has had a rough go at things to begin the season. They started out 0-3, but that changed when they faced off against Ware Shoals.
The Eagles picked up the much needed win in what turned out to be a hard fought contest.
“It was great for the players because they have been working hard, and hopefully encourages the players to play with passion,” Coach Joe Pitt said of his team’s first win of the season.
Ware Shoal jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, and it looked as if it could have been more trouble for the Eagles. A Mitchell Gibbon’s floater, and a couple of Bryant Carvalho free throws brought the game back within one.
Richard Winn trailed 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, and 21-20 at the end of the first half, but the Eagles would bounce back in the second half.
They scored the first bucket of the third quarter to reclaim their lead on their way to scoring the first five points of the quarter. The teams traded the lead back and forth, but it was Richard Winn leading 39-35 going into the fourth.
Ware Shoals hit a three for the first score of the period and to bring the Hornets within one. Carvalho knocked down his own three to answer back, and to stretch the lead back out to four.
The Eagles were up 49-46 late in the quarter, when Ware Shoals tied it up with another three.
Carvalho and Gibbons split a pair of free throws to take back a two-point lead. With a chance to tie it up, Ware Shoal turned the ball over with around eight seconds left.
The Hornets had to intentionally foul, and Richard Winn knocked down both clutch free-throws to secure the 53-52 victory.
Pitt said free throws were one of their biggest advantages, but there are things they can do better.
“Our biggest asset was rebounding and clutch free throws. We’re still making too many turnovers, we have to take better care of the ball,” he said.
Richard Winn played Whitmire on the road on Monday. Results were not available at press time.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.