NEWBERRY — Abbeville High School’s boys basketball team did exactly what Panthers coach Doug Belcher needed it to do in the first quarter, making four 3-pointers to grab a 27-19 lead.
Fifth-ranked Newberry, though, dominated after that and won 88-66 in Wednesday’s Class AA Upper State semifinal. The Bulldogs’ depth particularly took charge in the latter part of the third quarter.


Holding on to a 53-52 lead midway through the third, a Devin Harmon 3-pointer sparked a 13-2 Newberry run.
Abbeville never recovered and finished the season 14-10 overall.
“(Newberry) just had too much depth, more than what we had,” Belcher said. “They played about 14 guys in the first quarter, and the second quarter, and then the third quarter and the fourth quarter.”
Abbeville actually led 27-15 during the opening period. James Wardlaw, who finished the game with 25 points, made two 3-pointers during the first eight minutes, and teammate Joseph Battle accounted for Abbeville’s other first-quarter 3 and finished the game with 23.

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