High School Sports

December 24, 2013

Area teams struggle at Chick-fil-A Classic

Midlands entries manage just three wins at the elite event, none against out-of-state competition.

The 12th annual Chick-Fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast was not a memorable one for Midlands entries.

Keenan and Lower Richland won one of three games, while Spring Valley and host RNE both finished 0-3. Hammond had a 1-1 showing in the Carolina Classic portion of the tournament.

Of the three wins by area teams, none came against out-of-state competition.

Keenan (4-4) closed the tournament with a 76-68 loss to Arlington Country Day in the Classic II third place game. Marcus Stroman, who had a 17.7-point tournament scoring averaged, had 15 points in Monday’s finale after ringing up 25 against mighty Oak Hill Academy on Saturday.

Lower Richland (4-2) suffered a 54-50 loss to Aquinas (GA) on Monday despite a 21-point effort by Brandon Stroman, who averaged 17.0 in the three tournament outings.

Spring Valley (2-7) dropped a 67-46 decision to Carlisle (VA). The Vikings, however, did have some solid individual efforts in the tournament. Jordan Bruner, for instance, rang up 18 points and 12 rebounds in Monday’s finale and Chris Adams tallied 21 points in Saturday’s loss to Wesleyan Christian.

Richland Northeast (2-7) went down swinging on Monday in a 59-58 loss to Class 2A Mullins. Breland Powe came off the bench to score 18 points in 13 minutes of work to pace the Cavaliers effort.

Sophomore Seventh Woods made a big impression in Hammond’s Carolina Classic stay, posting two-game totals of 44 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals.

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