Irmo at Spring Valley
The unbeaten, top-ranked Yellow Jackets (16-0, 3-0) passed their first major test of the Region 4-4A on Friday with a home win over Richland Northeast. The host Vikings (12-6, 3-0) will pose another significant challenge tonight Irmo is led by Detrick Browning and Justin McKie, who are averaging 14.4 and 19.5 points per game, respectively. Brown, who has 23 points in the big win over RNE on Friday, is at 18.3 ppg in region play The Jackets vaunted defense will be challenged by the high-scoring Vikings, who are paced by Dominique Taylor and Perry Dozier, sone of SV coach Perry Dozier, Sr. Taylor has poured in 100 points in three region outings (33.3 ppg) and Dozier is at 19.0 in conference play. Spring Valley has won five of its last six games, including a couple of wins at the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach.
A.C. Flora at Lower Richland
It’s showdown time in Region 4-3A. The visiting Falcons (11-5, 3-0) have win eight of their last 10 games behind the firepower exhibited by senior Matthew Howard and sophomore Rion Davis. James Murray Boyles, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, is another major contributor Lower Richland (7-6, 3-0) is starting to put it together after a rough December while adjusting to the style and expectations of new coach Willie Thomas. Center Vincent Hicklin is the Diamond Hornets’ go-to guy, and is averaging 17.0 ppg in conference play with help from Marcus Edmond (11.0 ppg).
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Airport at Midland Valley
The Eagles hit the road with the idea of bringing the Mustangs back to the pack in Region 5-3A. Airport (10-7, 2-1) bounced back from a tough loss to Strom Thurmond with a 58-38 win over Gilbert. MV closed the week with a 3-0 region record Senior Manny Poston is the Airport standout, averaging 16.4 points a game. Senior Forrest Arnold (9.3 ppg), junior Quan Bovain (9.0 ppg) and sophomore Sammie Frazier (8.2) provide balanced support.
Newberry at Batesburg-Leesville
B-L is off to a great start at 11-3 overall, 3-0 in Region 2-2A. The Panthers three setbacks all came in the Aiken County Challenge tournament the week prior to Christmas. Ty Jones, who rang up 23 points in Friday’s 65-48 rout of Mid-Carolina, is the team’s leading scorer. The Panthers will find out exactly where they stand tonight. Second-ranked Newberry is also 3-0 in region matters and is fresh from a 109-59 laugher against Ninety Six. Jalen Alexander sets the pace for the balanced Bulldogs, who lost to North Charleston in the 2A state championship game a year ago.