Originally created 02/21/99

Barnwell wins it all in region



BARNWELL, S.C. -- Wade Hampton learned Saturday night that it's tough to beat Barnwell two nights in a row in the Warhorses' gym.

Marcus Rivera scored 23 points and Shaw Bellmon 14 to lead the Warhorses to a 71-52 victory on Saturday after suffering a rare defeat to Wade Hampton on Friday night.

So Barnwell added the Region 6-AA tournament championship to its regular season region, Warhorse Classic and Barnwell County titles.

The victory also gave Chip Atkins another Region 6-AA coach of the year title.

Bellmon, who added eight rebounds and eight assists to his scoring total, was named region tournament MVP.

Barnwell's girls also won the region crown, beating Wade Hampton 63-57 behind Melanie Johnson's 26 points, seven steals and six assists.

Sara Buxton, who averaged 20 points a game, was named region tournament MVP.