Eau Claire maintained its first-place footing in Region 3-2A on Friday thanks to a rousing 93-25 rout of overmatched Gilbert.
In all, 12 Shamrocks players got into the scoring act with Jamison Reed (16 points), A.J. Caldwell (15) and Marquis Jones (14) setting the pace. EC new stands at 12-3 overall, 4-0 in region matters. The surging Shamrocks have won five in a row, 12 of 13 after getting off to a 1-2 start.
In other 3-2A outings, Keenan stayed in hot pursuit of EC with a 64-46 win over Columbia and Strom Thurmond got a leg up on Batesburg-Leesville in the race for a state playoff berth with a 56-48 home win over the Panthers.
Eric Washington led Keenan (16-3, 4-1) with 20 points points, but he had plenty of backing. Marcus Stroman (17) and Eric Hopkins (11) provided double-digit support while Erick Tisdale chipped in with nine points.
Justin Metze tallied a game high 22 points for the Capitals, who dropped to 7-9, 2-2.
Strom Thurmonds win vaulted the Rebels into fourth place and a 2-3 region record, while B-L fell off to 1-3 in conference play.
Region 3-2A boys standings
Eau Claire 4-0, Keenan 4-1, Columbia 2-2, Strom Thurmond 2-3, Batesburg-Leesville 1-3, Gilbert 0-4.
Jamaarrian Griffin rang up 18 points and nine rebounds, but Mid-Carolina dropped a 68-58 Region 2-2A decision to county rival Newberry. The Rebels (6-10, 0-3) never recovered from a 20-8, second-quarter burst by the host Bulldogs.
Its been a long, tough week for M-C, which plays its fourth game since Tuesday today against Emerald. The Rebels lost to Woodruff on Gtuesday and Union County on Wednesday.
Region 2-2A boys standings
Broome 3-0, Emerald 3-0, Newberry 2-1, Woodruff 1-2, Mid-Carolina 0-3, Saluda 0-3.