No Midlands teams are still in the running for one of the two division championships at the 7th Annual Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast, but several local players have had individual impacts at the elite boys basketball tournament that concludes on Wednesday.
After Tuesday’s marathon session, Midlands reps Preston Blackmon of Lower Richland, Michael Green of Ridge View, Antonio Brown of C.A. Johnson and Jacob Green of Keenan have all contributed tournament-best performances in various categories.
Blackmon’s 29 points vs. RNE in last Friday’s all-local opening round stands as the single-game high. The Diamond Hornets senior guard had tournament highs in field goals made (11), 3-point field goals made (5) and 3-point field goals attempted (10) in the same game. Michael Green shot a tournament-best 8-for-8 (including 2-for-2 from 3-point range) in Ridge View’s win over C.A. Johnson last Friday, and also blocked a tourney high seven Green Hornets shots. Brown canned a tournament high seven free throws in the Ridge View game. Jacob Green had an interesting performance in Keenan’s loss to Pinewood Prep on Saturday when he posted tournament highs in both assists (10) and turnovers (10).