High School Sports

February 7, 2013

Notebook: Region 5-4A basketball

The (boys) race that seemingly nobody wants to win concludes on Thursday. Lexington and Aiken have recently blown chanches to take charge, opening the door for North Augusta.

The race nobody seems to want to win concludes on Thursday when the Region 5-4A boys basketball campaign closes the book on the 2013.

Lexington and Aiken have been shaky down the stretch, giving North Augusta a chance to become a factor. Currently, the Wildcats are tied for first place at 6-3 with North Augusta with Aiken one game back at 5-4. Things are as confusing at the bottom of the standings. White Knoll and Dutch Fork are tied for fourth place with 4-5 records and South Aiken is 3-6.

Lexington and Aiken have stumbled down the stretch. The Wildcats suffering a 55-49 loss to Dutch Fork on Tuesday after taking control of the championship race with a win over Aiken last Friday. North Augusta kept the Green Hornets woes going with a win on Tuesday.

No question, North Augusta is the hot team right now. The Yellow Jackets have won four in a row beginning with a 84-59 rout of Lexington on Jan. 25.

If Lexington and North Augusta finish in a tie for first place, NA gets the nod for the No. 1 seed.

Every game on the docket tonight has postseason implications: Lexington at White Knoll, Dutch Fork at North Augusta, Aiken at South Aiken.

Dutch Fork has salvaged a tough season with a late charge. The Silver Foxes have four four of five – a stretch that started with a win over North Augusta on Jan. 22. DF is the last region team to beat NA. The roll also included a win over White Knoll.

There is no such drama in the concurrent girls race.

Unbeaten, top-ranked Dutch Fork is looking to close out at 10-0 run to the region championship with a win at North Augusta. The Silver Foxes (23-0, 9-0) have won 34 games in a row, 17 straight in region play.

North Augusta and Aiken are confirmed playoff entries, and Lexington can bank a postseason invitation by beating last-place White Knoll tonight.

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