Mid-Carolina’s stretch-run bid for a state playoff berth continued Tuesday with a 63-48 Region 3-2A boys basketball over Gilbert.
The Rebels (10-9, 3-6) moved into a tie for fourth place with Batesburg-Leesville, a 59-56 overtime loser to Newberry on Tuesday. M-C plays at Newberry on Thursday with a chance to finish the region campaign in a third place tie with the country rival Bulldogs.
“This was another big win for the guys tonight,” said Rebels coach Zeb Reid. “Gilbert had been playing well, but our guys came out ready to play. I thought our guards did a pretty good job of controlling the pace of the game and we did a good job in our press looks on defense, picking up eleven team steals. It's going to be a big game for our kids vs. Newberry on Thursday night. I expect a great crowd and I expect a good game.”
Tevins Walker and Calvin Herbert were the big M-C guns. Walker scored 17 of his season-high 19 points in the first half, hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Herbert had another double-double – 15 points, 14 rebounds. Krishawn Holley, C.J. Edwards and Mac Lake also made significant contributions. Holley finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals, Edwards tallied nine points with four rebounds and three steals and Lake had four points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Slumping Batesburg-Leesville, which has dropped five of its last six region outings, needs a win Thursday against tough Saluda or a M-C loss at Newberry to stay in playoff contention.
Newberry’s overtime success against B-L ended a three-game region losing streak. The Bulldogs are now 4-5 in region matters. Caleb Scott-Cohoon (12 points), J.J. Suber (11) and Tyrone Tobe (10), Isaiah Langford paced B-L with 20 points.
In other news around the region, Strom Thurmond locked up the boys and girls championships by pulling off a sweep against Saluda.