For the second time in three days, front-running Lexington survived a Region 5-4A boys basketball scare. After pulling out a 43-42 win at White Knoll on Wednesday, the Wildcats scored a 54-52 win Friday at Aiken.
Lexington (17-2, 8-0) is the one of only two region teams with a record better than .500. Irmo (14-3, 4-3) earned the other distinction by beating Orangeburg-Wilkinson 46-35 on Friday.
David Burns was the latest leader in Lexington’s merry-go-round scoring show. Burns had 12 points at Aiken, Cory Hendren came off the bench to score 11 and freshman Shaq Roland chipped in 10 points.
The Wildcats, who moved up to the No. 3 spot in the coaches Class 4A poll this week, have won nine in a row since falling to a West Virginia squad at the Christmas tournament in Hilton Head.
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Freshman Jordan Roper was the only Irmo play in double figures with 12 points in the Yellow Jackets win in Orangeburg that was eerily similar to their previous win over the Bruins in the region opener on Dec. 16. Irmo prevailed 47-34 in that one.
Richland Northeast reached .500 in region play thanks to a 53-27 win over White Knoll to complete a region sweep of the Timberwolves, who managed to scored just 58 points in the two games vs. the Cavaliers.
Daris Crosby was the only player in the game to hit double figures - 10 points.
Region 5-4A boys standings
Lexington 8-0; Irmo 4-3; Richland Northeast 4-4; North Augusta 4-4; Aiken 4-4; Dutch Fork 3-4; White Knoll 3-5; Orangeburg-Wilkinson 1-7.