Dreher remained undefeated in Region 5-3A boys basketball on Friday, while the Dreher, Airport and Brookland-Cayce stayed locked in a three-way for the top spot in the girls standings.
Dreher (14-5, 6-0) did not have an easy time dispatching visiting South Aiken, but ultimately prevailed 51-49 in overtime. It was the seventh straight win for the Blue Devils, who maintained a two-game lead over second-place Swansea.
The Blue Devils were without Dominque Nathaniel and Chris Brown, but Derrick Hallback helped pick up the slack by scoring 12 points – a region-play high for the junior guard. Quayshun Hawkins and James Whitehead added double-digit support with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Dominic Boyd chipped in eight points to the cause. Hawkins sports a team-high 14.3 scoring averaging in region outings.
Meanwhile, Swansea (12-7, 4-2) stay put in second place with a 48-44 success against Brookland-Cayce. The Tigers nipped the hard-luck Bearcats 42-40 in the first meeting on Jan. 9. Trenton Green’s double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for Swansea. Damien Johnson tallied 13 and Kyndon Smith scored 10 in support of Green. Jake Benton scored 14 points for B-C (6-11, 0-6), while O’Neal Jones and Jonathan Rumph chipped in 11 points apiece.
In girls action, Dreher, Airport and B-C all improved to 5-1 in region matters.
Tequila McNeal poured in 28 points and Emily Newton scored 10 in Dreher’s 57-22 romp over South Aiken.
Taylor Vinson tallied 13 points and Asia Benn scored 12 as the Bearcats pulled off its second tough win over Swansea.
Leanna Richardson was one of four Airport double-digit producers in a 61-29 romp against Midland Valley. Richardson was the nominal scoring leader with 13 points, followed by Maya McCray (12), Taniqua Canzater (12) and Jessica Ellison (11).
Region 5-3A boys standings
Dreher 6-0; Swansea 4-2; South Aiken 3-3; Midland Valley 3-3; Airport 2-4; Brookland-Cayce 0-6.
Region 5-3A girls standings
Airport 5-1; Brookland-Cayce 5-1; Dreher 5-1; Swansea 1-5; Midland Valley 1-5; South Aiken 1-5.