Lexington took over sole possession of first place in Region 5-4A boys basketball on Friday with a dramatic, come-from-behind win at Aiken.
The Wildcats (19-5, 7-1) by eight points, 51-43, entering the fourth quarter after the host Green Hornets went on a 22-13 run in the third quarter. Lexington, however, responded with a 12-0 run in the first 4:33 of the final frame to take command. In the end, the Wildcats buried Aiken with a 29-12 surged over the final eight minutes.
Shaq Roland scored a game-high 29 points for Lexington, including a 10-for-12 showing at the free throw line. The Wildcats hit 17 charity tosses in the fourth quarter, and went 30-for-38 from the line in the game.
Roland had solid support from Brandon Adams (14 points) and Joby Glymph (13).
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The win staked Lexington to a one-game lead over Aiken and completed a series sweep. Aiken’s only setbacks in a 21-2 campaign have been to the Wildcats.
In the opener, the Lexington girls (11-4, 6-2) nipped the Green Hornets 47-46 by taking advantage of some last-second mistakes by the hosts. Aiken had the ball and was trying to set up the last shot in regulation, but a turnover and a technical with 23 seconds negated that plan. Lexington netted three free throws out of the deal and held on over the final eight seconds.
Jasmine Pinckney led the Wildcats with 15 points while Laura Beth Neal and Janai Pinckney both scored 11 in support. Neal’s total included three 3-pointers.
White Knoll’s boys capped a 2-0 week with a 55-36 win over Orangeburg-Wilkinson behind Quinton Creed’s 14 points and 11 from Xen Singleton. The Timberwolves improved to 17-6 overall.
Region 5-4A boys standings
Lexington 7-1, Aiken 6-2, White Knoll 5-3, North Augusta 4-4, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 1-7, South Aiken 1-7.
Region 5-4A girls standings
North Augusta 7-1, Lexington 6-2, Aiken 5-3, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 5-3, South Aiken 1-7, White Knoll 0-8.