Here are some highlights from the Midlands boys basketball scene, Dec. 17:
Chapin improved to 2-0 in Region 5-3A with an 87-55 rout of A.C. Flora. Michael Weimer and Michael Melvin provided quite the 1-2 punch for the Eagles, scoring 24 and 22 points, respectively. Alex Bueno also got into the double-digit act with 13 points. The win balanced Chapin’s overall slate at 5-5.
Lower Richland improved to 3-4 overall, 1-1 in Region 5-3A matters with a 57-36 rout of Brookland-Cayce. Eric Eaves and Marcus Edmonds were the Diamond Hornets headliners with 16 points each. LR opens play in the Chick-fil-A Classic on Monday against host Richland Northeast Curtis Barber scored 15 points and Mike Lieberman deposited 10 for the Bearcats (2-5, 1-1). B-C returns to action at the Midas Highlander Classic tournament at Heathwood Hall, Dec. 28-30.
Keenan avenged its only setback of the season by downing Richland Northeast 67-51. The Cavaliers beat the Raiders 56-52 on Dec. 9. Marcus Stroman (17 points), Eric Hopkins (14) and Quinton Johnson (11) led the way for Keenan, which brings a 6-1 into the Taco Bell Classic tournament it hosts, Dec, 28-30 Travis Hammond’s 13 points topped RNE, which enters the annual Chick-fil-A Classic with an 8-3 record.
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Dutch Fork snapped a four-game losing streak with a rousing 77-36 Region 4-4A rout of visiting Blythewood. Ike Harris, Eric Bethel and Chad Geter all tallied 14 points to share game scoring honors for the Silver Foxes (2-8, 1-1). Caleb McLaughlin joined in the fun with 11 points Avery Johnson had 11 points for the Bengals, who were thoroughly unimpressive in their region debut and dropped to 5-4 overall.
Dreher closed the first phase of the basketball campaign with a 6-5 record and a 40-37 win over C.A. Johnson that completed a season sweep of the series by the Blue Devils. Kevin Branch led Dreher with 12 points and Tyler Harris added 10. The Devils do not play again until Jan. 4 when they resume Region 5-3A play against Lower Richland Daniel Hopkins tallied a game high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Green Hornets from falling to 1-6.