Spring Valley at Richland Northeast
Now that top-ranked, undefeated Irmo has clearly established itself as the team to beat in Region 4-4A, the Vikings and Cavaliers square off in a vital game to close out the first half of the conference campaign. Spring Valley and RNE both lost to the Yellow Jackets and both need a win to not only stay within shouting distance of the front runners, but also to take a positive step toward pulling off no worse than a second-place finish in the region race and a home date in the first round of the state playoffs. RNE (14-4, 3-1) bounced back from a Friday loss at Irmo to beat Blythewood on Tuesday behind Quiron Cooke’s 23-point effort. The Vikings (12-7, 3-1) took a 79-61 hit by the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday. Irmo (17-0, 4-0) closes out the first half against Lugoff-Elgin (8-9, 0-4).
Hammond at Cardinal Newman
It’s an early showdown for first place in SCISA Region 1-3A. Hammond (13-3, 2-0) is off to its best start in years behind the play of standouts Seventh Woods (19.6 ppg), Xavier McDaniel (13.1 ppg) Spencer Carlson (11.1 ppg). Cardinal Newman (10-8, 2-0) is on a roll, winning four in a row and seven of its last eight. The Cardinals are coming off a tough 74-69 road region win at Augusta Christian on Tuesday. Austin Ajukwa poured in 32 points for the Cards and Joe Armstrong has his best game of the season with 25 points. CN was clinging to a 70-69 lead late in the game before putting it away at the free-throw line.
Brookland-Cayce at Airport
The archrivals close out the first half of the Region 5-3A season with a big game in the big picture. Airport (10-8, 2-2) is fresh from a tough 60-54 loss to first-place Midland Valley, and needs a win to stay in the running for a top two region finish. The Eagles got off to a great start, racing to a 17-8 lead by the end of the first quarter but the Mustangs established command with a 33-18 surge in the middle two frames. Manny Poston, who is averaging 15.9 points a game, led Airport with 21 points and Forrest Arnold added 15. B-C (6-10, 3-1) has turned things around of late with four wins in its last five outings with the lone loss coming to region leading Midland Valley. Kyle Stinson erupted for 39 points and Dominique Holman chipped in 12 as the Bearcats crushed Swansea 80-62 on Tuesday. Stinson, a junior guard, is averaging 20.8 points in four region games.