Irmo and Richland Northeast stay put atop the Region 4-4A boys basketball standings thanks to resounding wins on Friday night, setting up Tuesday’s first-place showdown.
Irmo improved to 11-2 overall, 4-0 in region play, with a 77-63 win over visiting Lugoff-Elgin (0-4 in the region). In all, 12 players contributed points for the winning Yellow Jackets, but sophomore Jordan Roper was the clear standout with 24 points. But L-E’s Jojo Pellegrino took game scoring honors with 25 points. The other double-digit men were L-E’s Darius Custard (13) and Eli Burroughs (10).
The Yellow Jackets have an interesting non-region game on tap Saturday at home against traditional rival Lexington. Irmo topped the Wildcats 84-68 in the season opened on Dec. 3.
Richland NE (11-5, 3-0) stayed on Irmo’s trail in Region 4-4A with a 53-39 win over Blythewood (5-9, 0-3). In was an odd statistical game; not a single player finished with more than nine points. RNE’s Travis Hammonds and Kelvin Cruse and Blythewood’s Avery Johnson shared scoring honors with nine points each.
Spring Valley (7-7, 2-1) continued its recent improvement with a 69-68 win over Ridge View (9-5, 1-3) in Region 4-4A play. Jonathan Garrett (16 points), Russell McCray (13) and Austin Beamus (10) paced the Vikings scoring parade. Cameron Lee’s 16 points led the Blazers who have dropped two straight region outings after closing out December by winning the inaugural BI-LO Classic holiday tournament championship.
Lexington and White Knoll both came up short in their respective Region 5-4A openers.
Lexington (12-4) dropped a bitter 67-66 decision at North Augusta last night. NA’s Jesse Pernell scored a game high 28 points and Pontrelle Williams hit the game winning basket with 27 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats, trailing 55-49 entering the fourth quarter, had a 66-65 lead with 42 seconds remaining courtesy of a score by Joby Glymph, but the edge was negated by Williams’ running one-hander down the last 15 second later.
Shaq Roland led the Wildcats with 20 points, Brandon Adams added 17 and Glymph chipped in with 12.
White Knoll (11-3) played well against undefeated Aiken, but eventually lost by a 52-45 count. Xen Singleton and Darius Jackson led the Timberwolves with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
On Tuesday, Lexington hosts South Aiken and White Knoll hits the road to face Orangeburg-Wilkinson.