Sumter pulled off a critical Region 6-4A basketball sweep Friday in Myrtle Beach against Carolina Forest.
The Gamecocks boys (13-6, 6-2) crushed the host Panthers 80-60 to help create a three-way tie for first place with two games left to play. Hartsville joined Sumter and CF in the crowded top spot by handing South Florence a 75-56 setback on Friday.
Quinn McClendon led a group of five double-digit scoring Gamecocks with 27 points. Travis Fredimon followed with 13 points, Stephen Curties tallied 11 and Khalil Malone and B.J. Manis chipped in with 10 points apiece.
In the opened, the Sumter girls (11-8, 6-2) pulled into a tie for second place with Carolina Forest, one game behind front running Hartsville with a 58-56 win. The Gamecocks put on what proved to be a decisive 22-11 burst in the third quarter.
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Daneille McFadden paced Sumter’s balanced scoring attack with 14 points, and she received double-figure support from Kadijah Rembert (12) and Monique McBride (11).
Sumter opens the final week of the region campaign Monday at home against West Florence. The WF girls are 0-8 and dead last in the region, while the boys are 2-6, but are still in the playoff picture. Sumter should need little in the way of extra motivation against the Knights, if only because West Florence stunned the Gamecocks 52-44 in Florence on Jan. 27.
The Gamecocks then close out the regular season on the road against Hartsville in what figures to be a championship doubleheader showdown.