Baxter’s Blitz

Midlands hoops offer playoff power

scvarsity@sc.rr.comFebruary 18, 2013 

WITH BASKETBALL’S Weekend of Champions two weeks away, the Midlands remain well-represented in the playoffs.

Top-ranked Irmo’s matchup with Spartanburg was postponed from Saturday night to tonight, and the winner will battle South Pointe on Tuesday.

On the other side of the upper state bracket, the Spring Valley Vikings await the winner of Hillcrest and Rock Hill, who will play their postponed game tonight as well.

In the lower state bracket, the Ridge View Blazers knocked off Lexington and Summerville and will visit Goose Creek on Tuesday.

With eight teams remaining after tonight’s games, the Midlands could potentially have three teams in the mix in the 4A brackets.

In the 3A brackets, two Midlands teams remain alive. A.C. Flora, led by Matt Howard, will face off with No. 4 Daniel while Lower Richland will face top-ranked Eastside, led by senior forward Davaris McGowens.

In 2A, the winter weather forced the entire second round, save one game, to be postponed to tonight. Keenan blew out Chesterfield 80-31 and advance to face Cheraw tonight.

For the girls, top-ranked Dutch Fork remains the only Midlands team active in the playoffs. In 3A, Dreher and Lower Richland remain alive. The No. 5 Lady Blue Devils will travel to No. 3 Wren tonight, while the No. 2 Lady Diamond Hornets host No. 7 Daniel.

Should Dreher and Lower Richland both win, we will see rematch between the two Midlands teams in the semifinals on Saturday night.

In 2A girls, No. 6 Keenan will host Cheraw tonight to get to the semifinals in that bracket.

Recruiting released its rivals250 list of the country’s top prospects, and eight Palmetto Staters made the cut: Latta offensive lineman Donnel Stanley (No. 34), Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller (No. 91), Gaffney wide receiver Shaquille Davidson (No. 96), Bamberg-Ehrhardt athlete Kevin Crosby (No. 132), Saluda defensive lineman Dexter Wideman (No. 137), Stratford quarterback Jacob Park (No. 168), Goose Creek tight end Kalan Ritchie (No. 212), and Daniel running back Jae’lon Ogelsby (No. 244).

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