Defending state champion Camden, Dreher, Lower Richland and Fairfield Central survived first-round testing in the Class 3A state boys basketball playoffs on Tuesday, while A.C. Flora, Lugoff-Elgin and Brookland-Cayce were shown the door.
CAMDEN 51, MIDLAND VALLEY 44
Of all the Midlands results, Camden’s 51-44 win at Midland Valley was the biggest surprise. The Bulldogs, who finished in third place in Region 6-3A, used a triangle-and-two defense to bring down the Region 5-3A runner-up Mustangs. Camden’s defensive play resulted in a 30.3% shooting performance from the field by MV.
Still, the game was a give-and-take affair for three quarters with the team tied at 34 entering the final eight minutes of the game. Defense make all the difference as the Bulldogs went on a decisive 17-10 run in the fourth quarter.
SaVonn Wingate led Camden with 14 points, T.J. Perkins tallied 12 and leading scorer Josh Council scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.
The Bulldogs, who fell out of contention for a home playoff date by losing its final two region games, improved to 12-8 overall with its sixth straight state playoff win.
Camden hits the road again on Friday to face Region 7-3A champion Lake City, which beat Hilton Head 66-54 last night to improve to 20-3.
DREHER 69, WILSON 51
The Region 5-3A champion Blue Devils (23-3) rolled to their 11th straight win at home behind a 25-point effort by Chris Brown, who came into the game with a 21.1 scoring average. Brown had plenty of support from Quayshun Hawkins (16 points) and Derrick Halback (15).
Dreher hosts North Myrtle Beach (16-9) on Friday. The Chiefs trailed visiting Lake Marion 55-49 with 2:11 to play last night, but pulled off a stunning comeback capped by Timmane Bellamy’s 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 60-58 win.
LOWER RICHLAND 70, CLINTON 44
The Region 4-3A champion Diamond Hornets (19-7) had an easy time against the visiting Red Devils as Torrence Outing scored 15 points and Malcolm Rhett added 12. LR had gone 15-2 since suffering through a three-game losing streak in December that dropped its record to 4-5.
It was LR’s 46th playoff win in the modern era (since 1970-71) – the sixth highest postseason win count in the state – and the 16th consecutive playoff-opening success since a first-round loss to Socastee in 1992.
Lower Richland hosts Woodmont on Friday. The Wildcats rallied from a 30-23 halftime deficit to down Wade Hampton 70-61 in first-round action on Tuesday.
FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 69, UNION COUNTY 60
The Griffins (17-7) survived a spirited upset bid by the visiting Yellow Jackets, storming back to win after trailing by seven points with four minutes remaining in the first-round game. Anthony Craig (21 points) and Shaquille Crumpton (16) set the pace FC.
The Griffins have a long road trip on tap Friday, venturing to Central in the far northwest corner of the state to take on Region 1-3A champion Daniel (18-3), which received 23 points from freshman Justin Dotson in Tuesday’s 73-49 first-round conquest of Travelers Rest.
GREER 89, A.C. FLORA 70
The unbeaten, defending Upper State champion Yellow Jackets were simply too potent for the Falcons, who hung tough for three quarters before being overwhelmed in the final eight minutes. Greer held a slim 60-56 lead entering the fourth quarter before going on a 29-14 binge.
Joseph Neely rang up 22 points for Greer (25-0). Akeem Williams took game scoring honors with 23 points for the Falcons, who closed the book on an 11-10 season.
CHAPMAN 98, LUGOFF-ELGIN 88
The Demons had no answers for the potent Chapman duo of Freddie Edwards and Jalen Nesbitt, who combined for 63 points in the Panthers wild first-round win. Edward deposited 32 points and Nesbitt added 31. The Panthers had two lother double-digit men, as well.
L-E’s veteran team finished on a very disappointing note and with a 17-9 record.
MARLBORO COUNTY 40, BROOKLAND-CAYCE 28
Jonathan Rumph scored 12 points, but the rest of the Bearcats did little of note offensively in a low-scoring first-round loss in Bennettsville that ended B-C’s season with an 8-14 record.