The two Midlands SCISA basketball regions conclude regular season play this week. State playoff berths are at stake in Region 2-3A, but Region 3-3A will still sort out its playoff representatives at a region tournament next week. Region 3-3A is the only 3A region that has opted to continue playing a region tournament this season under the new SCISA playoff system.
Region 2-3A boys - Cardinal Newman enters the final with a 6-1 record and three games on tap. The Cardinals have a make-up game against St. Joseph’s on Saturday after the rest of the region concludes nusiness on Friday. Heathwood Hall and Ben Lippen are tied for second place behind CN with 5-3 region marks. Hammond and Augusta Christian are tied for fourth place at 3-5. Five of the six region teams gain automatic berth in the 16-team SCISA Class 3A state playoffs. Cardinal Newman needs two wins this week to wrap up the region title and gaine one of the three top seeds in the upcoming state tournament.
Region 2-3A girls - Augusta Christian (8-0) is assured of the region championship no matter what the Lions do in the final week. Heathwood Hall (5-3), Cardinal Newman (4-3) and Hammond (4-4), meanwhile, will scramble for a second-place finish. Ben Lippen (2-6) needs one win to secure a state playoff spot.
Region 2-3A schedule - Tuesday: Augusta Christian at Heathwood Hall; Hammond at Cardinal Newman; Ben Lippen at St. Joseph’s. Friday: Augusta Christian at Ben Lippen; Cardinal Newman at Heathwood Hall; Hammond at St. Joseph’s. Saturday: Cardinal Newman at St. Joseph’s.
Region 3-3A - Wilson Hall’s boys and girls enter the final week tied for first place with 5-1 region marks. The Barons boys share the top spot with Florence Christian. Wilson Hall has a tough week on tap with a Tuesday game against third-place Laurence Manning at home and a regular-season finale Friday at Florence Christian. FC topped the Barons 57-52 in Sumter at the end of the first half. The WH girls are even with Orangeburg Prep. The Barons and Indian split two region games.
Region 3-3A schedule - Tuesday: Florence Christian at Robert E. Lee; Laurence Manning at Wilson Hall Thursday: Orangeburg Prep at Laurence Manning. Friday: Wilson Hall at Florence Christian.