Warriors go 2-1 in Eagles' holiday basketball play

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By Robert Howey

The Indian Land Warriors capped the 2007 portion of their 2007-08 basketball season, going 2-1 in the Central Eagles holiday tournament.

IL rebounded from a 74-52 first-round loss to host Central of Pageland to defeat New Covenant 77-46 and McBee, 43-37.

"After playing 13 games and going 6-7 against a tough schedule, I feel pretty good about our team," IL coach Nate Smith said. "We've had some tough losses, but we've also had some good wins, like our two victories over Nation Ford and Newberry.

"All of our losses, including three to Class AAAA York, have been to schools in higher classifications," he said. "In each game, we were battling to the end. Having that type competition is going to help us be prepared for the challenges in our own league, Conference III-A.

"Over the holidays, we have focused on our teamwork and discipline," Smith said.

The Warriors capped play in the three-day tournament, taking a 43-37 win over Conference III-A foe McBee.

The Warriors held a 24-20 lead at the break and stayed in control for the six-point win.

"McBee is the first team we play when we open our region schedule in January, so that win should give us momentum for that upcoming contest," Smith said.

Andy Sawyer hit 13 and Tai Young netted 11 to pace the Warriors. Marcus Williams chipped in nine points.

IL rolled to a 77-46 win over New Covenant of Pageland on day two.

The Warriors cruised to a 40-21 lead at the break and stayed in control for the 31-point victory.

Ted Boston paced a balanced Indian Land attack, hitting 16 points. Travis Anderson followed with 13 points. Andy Sawyer and Keyadd Miller netted 11 points each. Marcus Williams hit 10 points.

Marshall Backman led New Covenant had 23 points.

Indian Land fell to Central in the opener, 74-52.

The Eagles, up 36-24 at the half, outscored the Warriors 38-28 in the second half to forge the 22-point victory.

Andy Sawyer led the Warriors with 12 points and Marcus Williams added 11.

"Andy and Marcus really stepped up and played well throughout the tournament," Smith said. "Marcus was just solid in his overall play, while Andy had his shot working. I feel those two players will play key roles in the second half of our season."

R.J. Thompson led the Eagles with 18. J. Cunningham and Quan Covington scored 16 each in the Central win.

Indian Land returns to the hardwood Jan. 8 when the Warriors visit McBee in Conference III-A play.