Swansea (2-1) closed out a busy opening week with a 74-38 win over visiting Barnwell. The Tigers jumped out to a commanding 19-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and were on cruise control the rest of the way. Freshman Maquise Pough led Swansea with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field. Omar Buter scored 13 points and had three assists and two steals. Terrance Salley posted 10 points and three steals. Point guard Joseph Williams scored only three points, but was a key contributor with seven assists and six steals.
A.C. Flora closed out a 2-0 opening week with a 61-49 home win over Airport. Senior Matt Howard led the Falcons with 38 points and sophomore Rion Davis scored 11 in support. Senior Manny Polston led the Eagles (1-2) with 16 points.
Airport opened the season with a 64-61 loss to White Knoll and rebounded the following night with a win over C.A. Johnson. Polston had 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks against WK. Sophomore Sammy Frazier fired in 15 points, grabbed 13 boards and blocked three shots. Quan Bovain contributed 10 points to the cause. The Eagles held off a fourth-quarter rally to nip C.A. Johnson 49-48. Polston, Frazier and Bovain were the main men again for the Birds. Polston (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Frazier (10 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles, while Bovain rang up 11 points.
Hammond opened a season of high expectations with a 59-29 rout of Newberry Academy behind the play of young stars Seventh Woods and Xavier McDaniel. Woods, a freshman, had 12 points, seven assists and six steals, while McDaniel, a sophomore, rang up 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and came up with six steals. Junior Spencer Carlson contributed 12 points and seven boards. The Skyhawks will get a better test on Tuesday when defending SCISA 3A champion Laurence Manning Academy comes calling.
Class 4A No. 1 Irmo is off to a 5-0 start, including a win over second-ranked Dorman in the championship game of the Impact Sports Invitational preseason tournament on Nov. 23. Most recently, the Yellow Jackets beat archrival Lexington 47-42 on Friday behind the balanced production of Jevante Gross (11 points), Justin McKie (10) and Detrek Browning (10).
Keenan, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, opened the season with an impressive 71-54 win over city rival Lower Richland, No. 5 in the 3A preseason coaches poll. Marcus Stroman led the way with 20 points with Eric Hopkins (14) and Jaquan Allen (10) in support.