Semja Nicholson rang up 25 points to lead Batesburg-Leesville to a 74-54 win over Gilbert in the Region 3-2A boys basketball opener for both teams. Nicholson had double-digit scoring support from Jamal Bryant (13 points), Isiah Langford (10) and Antonio Butler (10).
In other 3-2A openers, Strom Thurmond rolled Mid-Carolina 73-57 and Saluda topped Newberry 54-49.
Javon Parks scored 22 points and Alex Parks added 18 as Strom Thurmond (4-6, 1-0) made its official debut in Class 2A hoops a memorable one with an easy win. Parks, a 6-5 sophomore also blocked five shots.
Mid-Carolina (7-4, 0-1) was playing with two starters sitting out with injuries – C.J. Edwards and Mac Lake, and fell into a 14-5 hole by the end of the first quarter. That set the tone for the night.
“I'm proud of our kids’ effort in the second half,” said M-C coach Zeb. Reid. “We made a couple of solid runs at Strom Thurmond, but the damage had been done in the first quarter. We can't play a quarter like that and expect to play with a quality opponent. I hope tonight's game serves as a learning experience for our team. We've got to rebound and get focused for our next region game.”
Calvin Herbert scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Krishawn Holley and Hubert Wicker scored 10 points apiece for M-C.
Batesburg-Leesville at Strom Thurmond; Mid-Carolina at Saluda; Gilbert at Newberry