Abbeville High School’s boys basketball team kept pace with fifth-ranked Newberry during the regular season, losing by six points on the road and 10 at home.
The rematch setting for tonight’s Class AA Upper State semifinal game is at none other than Newberry. And that’s just fine with Panthers coach Doug Belcher.

“We even got within three points at their place,” said Belcher, who was studying game film Monday night.
Now, Belcher wants his team to get past Newberry and play in Saturday’s Upper State final at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
If there’s any reason for optimism, according to Belcher, it’s this: He does not think Abbeville played a complete game yet this season.