Lower Richland kept place at the top of the Region 5-3A boys basketball standings with a satisfying 73-34 home win over Chapin on Friday.
Satisfying? You bet, considering Chapin handed the Diamond Hornets a stunning 58-51 loss in teams’ first meeting on Dec. 14 – a game which also marked LR’s 5-3A debut. Lower Richland (9-9, 5-1) exacted a significant measure of revenge in the rematch with Eric Eaves and Edward Stephens leading the way with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Brian Kidd’s nine points was the best of the lot for Chapin (8-8, 3-3).
Dreher (12-7, 4-2) remained a game of LR’s lead with a 71-62 win over Brookland-Cayce. Tyler Harris (26 points), Quayshawn Hawkins (19) and Kevin Branch (14) did gthe heavy scoring for the winning Blue Devils. Jonathan Rumph (22), Mike Lieberman (18) and Tevin Lytes (10) led B-C (6-9), which dropped into a tie for third place with Chapin in the region standings.
Airport (5-11) topped A.C. Flora 56-51 as Bradley Knotts rang up a game high 18 points. Matthew Howard tallied 16 points for the Falcons (4-11).
Region 5-3A boys standings
Lower Richland 5-1, Dreher 4-2, Brookland-Cayce 3-3, Chapin 3-3, Midland Valley 2-3, A.C. Flora 2-4, Airport 2-5.
Camden’s offensive woes in a 37-28 Region 6-3A loss to visiting Marlboro County. Darelle Smith’s 10 points was actually good for a share of game scoring honors in the defensive struggle. The Bulldogs (7-4 overall) have dropped three straight conference outings, averaging just 31.3 points in those outings.
Region 6-3A boys standings
Lakewood 3-0, Darlington 3-0, Marlboro County 2-1, Camden 1-3, Hartsville 0-2, Crestwood 0-3.
Fairfield Central fell to 4-11, 0-2 in Region 4-3A after suffering a 76-71 loss at Chester. Chester 76, Fairfield Central 71. Najahwan McKinstry and Carlos Sampson scored 20 points apiece for the Griffins.