Navar Elmore, Lydell Elmore

Navar Elmore, left, and Lydell Elmore are 16-year-old team co-captains for Branchville, which is 12-4 on the year and faces rival Bethune-Bowman on the road Friday night.

BRANCHVILLE — The 6-foot, 8-inch twin towers, Lydell and Navar Elmore, are twins for real.

And the brothers are the source of a lot of optimism about basketball this season in Branchville, leading the team’s rebuilding efforts.

At 16 years of age, the co-captains are each averaging a double-double for the varsity basketball team that is 12-4. The record is the best start in more than six years, as the Yellow Jackets recorded four wins last season and had not won a game in five consecutive years prior to that.

First-year Coach Kareem Williams praised the twins for their work ethic and competitiveness on the court.

“They’ve become vocal leaders for our team,” Williams said. “The sky is the limit for them. They strive to be so much better.”

Williams said Lydell, the wing who is averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds, is the more competitive at practice. But Navar, the post player who is averaging 13 points and 16 rebounds, is more competitive during games.

“I never let them play on the same team at practice because they’re the only ones who can stop each other,” he said.

“It’s the biggest rivalry between the two of them at practice,” Williams said. “They attack each other like they aren’t brothers during practice but play just like brothers during games.”

Williams said the ongoing sibling rivalry extends beyond the court. The brothers won’t even pass the phone to each other to talk to him.

“When I call one of them and we get done talking, if I ask them to pass the phone to their brother, they’ll make me hang up and call the other on their phone.”

The Yellow Jackets have been preparing to visit rival Bethune-Bowman (6-9, 1-2) Friday following games against Denmark-Olar and Blackville-Hilda.

Williams, a Branchville graduate, said he knows just how big the rivalry is for both schools and he looks for his team to come out and compete strongly.

And he expects nothing less than a double-double from each of the twins because of the height advantage they have over the Mohawks.

Tip-off is 6 p.m. in Bowman.

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