High School Sports

LR boys cruise to Aiken hoops tourney title

Lower Richland’s boys basketball team claimed the championship at the Aiken Holiday Invitational tournament on Tuesday night, downing host Aiken 70-52.

The Diamond Hornets sprinted out to a 19-11 lead by the end of the first quarter, and expanded the advantage to 36-20 by halftime. After the Green Hornets pulled within 44-3 in the third quarter, LR delivered the knock out blow with a 14-2 run.

Preston Blackmon led Lower Richland with 20 points, and had double-digit support from Larry Felder (12 points) and Nashawn Burgess (10).

LR advanced to the finals with a come-from-behind 51-44 win over Glenn Hills (Ga.) in Monday’s semifinal round. The Diamond Hornets scored just two points in the third quarter, but sprinted past Glenn Hills with a 25-14 run in the fourth quarter. Keith Johnson and Kenneth McFadden shared the scoring lead with 10 points apiece, while Blackmon and Felder both tallied nine points.

Lower Richland (8-3) returns to regular-season action Friday at home against Blythewood. The Diamond Hornets downed the Bengals 54-43 in the first meeting on Dec. 16.

The LR girls team is the first game of Friday’s twinbill. The Diamond Hornets saw their 51-game winning streak come to an end at the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational in Myrtle Beach prior to Christmas, but closed out a 3-1 showing at the elite gathering with a 69-42 win over Williams High from Alexandria, Va.

Lower Richland (8-1) crushed the Bengals 52-28 on Dec. 16.