Westwood stayed one game off the lead in Region 4-3A boys basketball with a 62-52 road win over A.C. Flora on Friday.
The fourth-ranked Redhawks (13-3, 3-1) share second place with Lower Richland behind front-running Dreher. Westwood concludes a challenging week with a showdown at Dreher on Saturday.
“We needed this one, considering our schedule this week and with us coming off a loss to Lower Richland,” said Redhawks coach Terry Dozier. “We have a chance to get two out of three this week and that wouldn’t be bad at all.”
Westwood took control of the game late in the first half, putting together a 14-0 surge that ran from 2:53 of the second quarter to the 7:05 mark in the third to build a 34-20 halftime lead. The Redhawks maintained its double-digit advantage for all but a 22-second span in the final minute of play the rest of the way.
Adonus Lee , who finished with a game-high 20 points, tallied eight points during the move, Jordan Watson had two points and two assists and Demonte Jacobs chipped in two points and one assist.
Lee was the lone Westwood man in double figures, but the senior post had plenty of support from Antonio Wright (9 points), Richie Finch (9), Watson (8), Jacobs (7) and Thomas White (4).
Rion Davis paced the Falcons with 16 points, including a 10-for-10 showing at the free-throw line, and Diquan Day Grant scored 14 with 11 coming in the fourth quarter.
It was a rough week for the Falcons (9-8, 4-2) who dropped two region home games. ACF fell to archrival Dreher, 55-51, on Tuesday.
In the opener, the Falcon girls (10-6, 3-3) hung on for a 37-36 win. Westwood (3-12, 0-4) had its chances, but missed its upset chance by missing three free throws in the final 30 seconds.
Two free throws with 18 seconds remaining by Sherryce King proved to be the decisive points.