Blue Flame go 1-2 in tournament

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Coming off a win against Liberty last week, Pickens High School boys’ basketball coach Jeff Harrelson said he believed his team was playing its best basketball of the season.

Despite going 1-2 in Daniel High School’s annual Christmas  tournament, the Blue Flame lived up to that billing and have Harrelson feeling good about his team heading into region play.

The Blue Flame kicked off the tournament against county rival Daniel and jumped out to a great start behind senior forward Coley Gillian, who scored seven points and blocked two shots as Pickens jumped out to a 13-9 lead over Daniel. Gillian and the Blue Flame kept their strong defensive effort going in the second quarter, as they held the Lions to just four points, with Gillian and Wyatt Reeves adding three blocks apiece in the first half.

Leading by as many as 12 in the third quarter, the Blue Flame continued to keep the Lions at bay and went

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