Darlington boys finish third in C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic
By Will Isgett, Contributing Writer
The Darlington Falcon boy’s basketball team traveled to Greenville to play in the C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic last week and came home with the third place trophy out of 12 teams.
Teams from host Greenville Senior High School, Eastside High School, Belton-Honea Path High School, Airport High School, Hammond of Columbia, Palmetto High School, J.L Mann High School, Clover High School, Wade Hampton High School, Mauldin High School and Irmo High School rounded out the field.
Darlington got a first round-bye and faced Clover High School in the first round, beating the Blue Eagles 57-47 in a hard fought game.
The win advanced Darlington to the semi-finals to face nationally 16th ranked Hammond of Columbia in the semi-finals, perhaps the Falcons toughest opponent of the year.
Hammond featured University of North Carolina signee Seventh Woods and College of Charleston signee Chevez Goodwin.
The Falcons hung tough with Hammond falling 56-50, and even with the loss Darlington’s basketball program continued to shine and proved they can play with the state and nation’s elite teams.
Citadel signee Frankie Johnson led Darlington with 15 points in the loss.
The loss dropped the Falcons into the third place game where they would yet face another challenge in top ten Class 3A ranked team Eastside High School.
The Falcons beat the Eagles 53-49 and once again proving they are one of the teams to beat in Class 3A this season.
Johnson was named to the all-tournament first team, while Marquis Green was named to the second team.
Darlington will have played 10 straight road games before they return to the Falcons Nest to host conference rival Manning on Tuesday night with the girl’s game tipping off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys.