Here are some highlights from the Midlands boys basketball scene, Dec. 14:
Unheralded Chapin shocked Lower Richland, ruining the Diamond Hornets Region 5-3A debut with a 58-51 win. Senior Brian Kidd led the Eagles (4-5) with a 21-point performance, back up by 10 from Alex Bueno Eric Eaves scored 17 for Lower Richland, which fell to 2-3 The Eagles take on A.C. Flora at home on Friday. The Diamond Hornets host city rival Eau Claire tonight, and return to region matters Friday at home against Brookland-Cayce.
Irmo opened the Region 4-4A campaign with a 62-41 win against Spring Valley. Jordan Roper fired in 23 points and Josh Clinkscales added 12 for the Yellow Jackets (3-1). Kristófer Acox tallied 10 points for SV team honors Irmo, especially Roper, was hot from 3-point range. Roper from 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, the team was 9-for-16. Clinkscales had a fine all around game – converting all five of his field goal attempts and pulling down a team high eight rebounds. Jeremy Clinkscales chipped in with seven points and five assists Irmo has an interesting region outing on tap Friday at Ridge View, while the Vikings (3-5) takes on Lugoff-Elgin.
Brookland-Cayce used a balanced scoring approach in its 64-46 win over Dreher in Tuesday’s Region 5-3A opener for both teams The Bearcats (2-3) were paced by Jonathan Rumph (15 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 1 block), Antwon Dalls (15 points, 2 assists, 2 steals), Curtis Barber (12 points, 5 assists), Michael Lieberman (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Tevin Lytes (9 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block) Tyler Harris (10 points) was the only Blue Devil to scored in double figures B-C hosts White Knoll tonight before returning to region play on Friday at Lower Richland. Dreher (5-5) has a non-region outing at home against C.A. Johnson on Friday.
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Richland Northeast (8-2) ruined Lugoff-Elgin’s formal debut to Class 4A hoops on Tuesday, downing the host Demons 61-42 The 8-2 Cavaliers put L-E away with an 18-8 spurt in the fourth quarter. Travis Hammond tallied 15 points for RNE, and had 10-point backing by Quinn Martin and Mike Murphy Darius Custard (16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals), Jo Jo Pellegrino (7 points, 3 steals, 3 assists) and Tyler Starling (4 points, 13 rebounds) were the top contributors for the Demons RNE, which is 5-1 in regular season play after going 3-1 and reaching the championship game at the Tabernacle Academy Thanksgiving Classic preseason tournament in Freeport, Bahamas. L-E (1-4) play at South Florence tonight and returns to 4-4A action on Friday at Spring Valley.
Bradley Knotts, Ricardo Martin, and Ishmail Lee combined for 40 of Airport’s 51 points in last night’s six-point win on Tuesday against A.C. Flora in the Region 5-3A opener for both teams. Knotts deposited 15 points, Matin scored 14 and Lee chipped in with 11 Airport, which has won two in a row after a 0-3 start, travels to face Midland Valley on Friday, while the Falcons (2-5) hit the road to face Chapin.
Ridge View (5-2) posted a 61-55 win over Dutch Fork in Tuesday’s first round of play in Region 4-4A. Jared Johnson’s 21 points headlined the Blazer victory, while Cameron Lee and Jamaal Brantley contributed 15 and 11 points, respectively Ike Harris and Chad Geter led the solid Silver Foxes effort with 16 points apiece RV hosts Irmo on Friday, while Dutch Fork (1-8) hosts Blythewood. The Bengals drew the region first round scheduling bye.
Columbia evened its record at 3-3 thanks to a 55-35 win of district rival C.A. Johnson. Casey Gladney set the pace for the Capitals with 15 points, while Justin Metze (12) and Brandon Buskey (10) provided double-digit support Columbia opens play at a large holiday tournament at Porter-Gaud on Friday.
Lexington (8-1) breezed to an 82-57 win over Class 2A Silver Bluff on Tuesday. In all, 11 Wildcats contributed in the scoring column with Brandon Adams’ 17 points at the top of the list. Shaq Roland (14), Joby Glymph (13), and Nigel Gates (13) were the other double-figure men Lexington hosts a traveling team from Australia on Thursday.