It was an interesting night in Region 5-4A boys basketball on Friday.
Lexington improved to 19-2 overall and 10-0 in the region with yet another hair-raising win, this time at home in overtime to last place Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 54-49. Five of the last six Wildcats region wins have been tense, down-to-the-wire affairs, and last night was no exception. Tradd Hunter’s 20 points led LHS, and freshman Shaq Roland added 10.
The bottom line is the Wildcats are finding ways to win, and the latest verdict clinched at least a tie for the region championship. With four games left to play, the Wildcats have a four and a half game lead over second-place Irmo. One more Lexington win or Irmo loss will wrap up the Wildcats’ first region title since 2001.
In other games, Irmo, Richland Northeast and White Knoll took out some recent frustration with big wins. Irmo (15-4, 5-4) crushed visiting North Augusta 85-49, RNE (15-8, 5-5) hammered visiting Aiken 74-43 and White Knoll (13-8, 4-6) smacked visiting Dutch Fork 60-41.
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Robbie Brunson scored 16 points, John Ranly tossed in 13 and freshman Jordan Roper tallied 12 as Irmo scored its third win in four games after falling from grace during a three-game region losing streak coming out of the holiday break.
Daris Crosby’s 18 points headlined RNE’s bounce-back win in the wake of a bitter Tuesday loss to Lexington. Larry Sumter and Jarred Guest backed up the Cavaliers leader with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Dequan Grooms poured in 23 points and Jermaine Smith tallied 13 to help White Knoll snap a three-game region losing streak.
Irmo travels to Dutch Fork today for a make-up game.
Region 5-4A boys standings
Lexington 10-0; Irmo 5-4; Richland Northeast 5-5; Aiken 5-5; North Augusta 5-5; White Knoll 4-6; Dutch Fork 3-6; Orangeburg-Wilkinson 2-7.