Here are some of the highlights from boys basketball play in the Midlands on Dec. 7:
Corey Littlejohn fired in 31 points and Joseph James added 24 as Heathwood Hall crushed top-ranked, five-time defending SCISA champion 65-47 on Tuesday at home The Highlanders improved to 4-0 with the impressive, attention-getting win and should move up in the Class 3A rankings next week. They were No. 4 in the poll that was released on Monday Heathwood Hall plays another Charleston-area team at home on Friday, Northwood Academy.
Lexington (4-1) bounced back from its first loss to the season with an 81-69 road conquest of Columbia. Shaq Roland and Joby Glymph shared scoring honors for the Wildcats with 19 points apiece, while Brandon Adams chipped in with 18 Five Capitals tallied double-digts – McArtha Thompson 15, Marcus Praylow 14, Justin Metze 14,Casey Gladney 11, Glover Johnson 10 – but it wasn’t enough to keep the scrappy Capitals from falling to 1-2. Praylow finished with a double-double – grabbing 11 rebounds in addition to his 14 points. Thompson was credited with three steals and four assists Columbia travels to face Brookland-Cayce tonight and plays at Dreher on Friday. Lexington is gearing up for an interesting weekend trip to Charleston to face SCISA schools First Baptist (Friday) and Porter-Gaud (Saturday).
Cardinal Newman upped its record to 7-1 with a 51-46 win at home against Charleston Collegiate. Daulton Halfacre led the way with 13 points, and Austin Ajukwa 12 added 12 for the Cardinals, who entered the week ranked No. 3 in SCISA Class 3A CN is off until Saturday when a trip to Johnston to face Wardlaw Academy is on the slate.
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Eau Claire (2-2) avenged a season-opening loss to Dreher by downing the Blue Devils 70-66 in overtime at home. A.J. Caldwell (20 points), Dontell Riley (14) and Ronnie Green (13) paced the Shamrocks. Tyler Harris took game honors with 28 points and Quayshaun Hawkins added 19, but it wasn’t enough. Dreher saw its modest four-game winning streak come to an end, and its overall record fall to 4-3.
Peter Goodman scored 13 points and Daniel Hopkins tallied 10 as C.A. Johnson nipped Richland Northeast 50-47 for its first win of the season. The Class 1A Hornets fell to the 4A Cavaliers in its previous meeting on Dec. 3 Mike Murphy (13) and Quinn Martin (11) led RNE, which suffered its first loss in three outings.
Ridge View (3-1) thumped visiting Brookland-Cayce 97-58 in its final game before squaring off against Oak Hill Academy, the nation’s top-ranked high school basketball team, on Friday at home in the first game of the inaugural Columbia Marriott Palmetto Basketball Challenge A total of 13 Blazers scored vs. B-C with Jared Johnson’s 26 points setting the pace Tevin Lytes scored 22 for the winless Bearcats (0-3), who were playing without senior star Jonathan Rumph.
White Knoll upped its season record to 6-1 with an impressive 66-47 win at home against Irmo. Austin Duncan’s 27 points set the tone for the T-Wolves, and Julian Johnson scored 11 in support Jeremy Clinkscales’ 18 points led Irmo, which stands at 1-1.
Camden (2-1) rebounded from a loss to archrival Lugoff-Elgin with a 58-42 success at home against A.C. Flora. Jamari Ferguson and Josh Council paced the Bulldogs with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Camden gets another shot at L-E on Friday on the Demons floor.