Mid-Carolina’s boys basketball season hinges on a three-game Region 3-2A home stand that begins Tuesday against Saluda. The Rebels (8-8 overall) at 1-5 in region play, two games behind Newberry and Batesburg-Leesville in the scramble for one of the four Class 2A state playoff berths up for grabs.
“If we play like we did in the second half against Strom Thurmond on Friday, I don't believe there are many 2A schools in this state that can hang with us,” said M-C coach Zeb Reid. “Our guys are looking forward to getting back on the hardwood at home in front of the M-C faithful.”
Reid’s Rebs put on a stirring second-half rally against region-leading Strom Thurmond Friday on the road, only to fall short 65-59. M-C trailed 24-10 at the end of the first quarter and saw the hosts expanded the lead to 47-21 by halftime. The Rebels limited ST to just 18 points in the second half, and out-scored region leaders 25-12 in the fourth quarter.
But the first-half hole M-C dug for itself was too steep to climb out of in the second half.
“I just wish we had one more minute to play in that game because Strom Thurmond was on the ropes and falling fast,” said Reid. “For us it was a tale of an ugly first half and a beautiful second half. We came out in the second half ready to play, which is what we should have done from the start.”
Calvin Herbert had a double-double for the Rebels – 20 points, 12 rebounds. Mac Lake had a fine all-around performance with 16 points, nine boards, five steals and three assists.
With four games left in the region campaign, the M-C boys can’t afford many more setbacks. On the other hand, the Rebels girls team is in much better shape. The Rebels enter the three-game home stand with a 4-2 region record and tied for second place with Saluda behind 6-0 Strom Thurmond. Tuesday’s winner takes the inside track to a second-place finish and a first-round home playoff date.