Bears beat Wolfpack again

It's beginning to sound like a scratched compact disc. Burke County continued Saturday night on a track of ruining one perfect Greenbrier start after another.


The Wolfpack varsity boys played host the team that handed them their only loss of the season on Saturday.

Make that two losses now.

Burke County coasted to an easy 65-51 win in nonregion play with the second win in two meetings with the Wolfpack. Greenbrier fell to 15-2.

The 14-point win followed that same script. Greenbrier began the night with a perfect start and held a 24-15 lead with 4:20 to play in the second quarter.

It was significant since the green and gold were looking to avenge a 71-55 defeat to the Bears earlier in the year. They'd won 12 games in a row since, including two overtime contests.

Even better, they held that advantage without top scorer Anthony Williams. Williams sat out the nonregion contest after scoring 18 points in a region win at Statesboro on Friday. He's scored 46 points in his past two appearances when he didn't sit out with what coach Casey Dees called a "sprained foot."

That start was whittled away with bad Wolfpack passes and the hot hand of Burke's Devonda Lewis.

It wasn't long before that that the Bears (10-2) led 37-31 with 6:50 to play in the third quarter. Burke closed the half on a 13-4 run and continued with 17 of the first 25 points of the second half.

Lewis poured in 11 points during that surge on the way to a game-best total of 21 for the night.

"It was all about trying to find the plays to win this game," Lewis said. "Coach told me to take my time and let the game come to me. I had to take my time, but I also had to make something happen fast. That's basketball."

Dustin Golden backed him up with 14 points. Maurice Doyle and Julius Patterson each had 12 for the Bears.

"That's Burke basketball," Bears coach Purvis Dukes said. "We don't put just one man on the floor for teams to worry about."

There was no blemishing of Greenbrier perfection earlier in the night. The Lady Wolfpack improved to 17-0 with a no-contest victory. That start was a school record five games ago. It might be more than that now.

"It might be the best in Columbia County," Greenbrier coach Garrett Black said. "Boys or girls basketball. I've been around this county for 30 years, and I'd be willing to say it is the best start."

Wolfpack standout guard Michelle Swiec played in her second consecutive game after returning from a knee injury that sidelined her for most of December.

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