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IL Warriors go 2-1 to place third in Clover tournament

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Prep basketball Roundup

By The Staff

The sixth-ranked Indian Land Warriors were impressive in capping play in the Clover Optimist Classic at Clover High School on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The Warriors, 10-2, rolled to a 61-36 win over Class AA foe Blacksburg High School on Saturday afternoon to give the IL boys a 2-1 tournament record in the three-day event.

The 25-point win gave Indian Land third place in the tourney.

“This was a great tournament and I’m pretty well pleased with our team,” Indian Land High School coach Nate Smith said. “I feel playing the level of competition in this tournament is going to help us get prepared for our region race.

“Clover and Providence Day are larger schools who gave us a challenge and Blacksburg is a Class AA school which we will be playing once region play begins,” Smith said. “We still have room to improve, but we’re to a point I feel we are where we need to be as we go to the holiday break.

“In addition to the tournament, we’ve played a tough schedule which I feel tested us and will make a difference in region play.”

Smith said guard Myles Webb was honored by the team as the player of the tournament.

“Miles didn’t score a point, but as a good, solid teammate he gave us outstanding leadership to lead our team,” Smith said. “His contribution was vital to our success and we will need it the rest of the way this season.”

The Warriors will face Cheraw in the IL gym to open region play on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

In the win over Blacksburg on Saturday afternoon, the Warriors broke from a 21-all halftime tie with a 16-6 third-period run to take control of the game.

Guard Darnell Rodgers paced the Warriors’ win with 22 points and Hayden Sawyer scored 16.

Rokym Felder and Lee McCall netted eight points each.

Connor Butler finished with five and Chris Barnes added two points.

Malik Gaffney led Blacksburg with 15 points.

Providence Day handed Indian Land its only tournament loss, topping the Warriors 72-69 on Friday night in Clover.

IL held a 35-34 lead at the break, but the 10-1 Chargers charged back to gain the three-point victory over the Warriors.

Providence Day outscored the Warriors, 16-9 in the third period to take a 50-44 lead into the final period and held on for the comeback win.

Jordan Watkins led the Chargers with 24 points and Byron Fields finished with 17. Devin Mills netted 16 points for Providence Day.

Darnell Rodgers, who scored 64 points in three tournament games, paced the Warriors with a game-high 33 points.

Hayden Sawyer hit 15 and Rokym Felder finished with 10. Connor Butler scored nine points.

The Warriors opened tournament play, taking a 56-51 win over tourney host Clover on Thursday, Dec. 20.

IL, up 31-30 at the half, used a 10-6 third period run to take a 41-36 edge with a quarter to play and notched the five-point win.

Rokym Felder led the Warriors in the win with 13 points and Lee McCall tallied 11 points.

Hayden Sawyer scored 10 in IL’s balanced attack. Conner Butler and Darnell Rodgers each scored nine points. Chris Barnes added five points.

 Clover was led by Arnaldo Toro with 10 points.