After going a disappointing 0-3 at the Chick-fil-A Classic, the Irmo boys basketball team has been on a bit of a roll.
The Yellow Jackets turned things around with a 3-0, championship performance at the Midas Highlander Classic tournament during Christmas week, and returned to Region 5-4A play on Tuesday with an impressive 95-84 win over North Augusta.
Irmo now stands at 9-4 overall, 3-0 in region play with a one-half game lead over Dutch Fork in the region standings. The Silver Foxes improved to 2-0 in the conference on Tuesday, downing White Knoll in a 65-63 overtime thriller. Richland Northeast, meanwhile, suffered its first region loss on Tuesday - an inexplicable 35-33 road setback vs. Aiken.
Jordan Roper, who came into the game averaging a team high 14.1 points a game, erupted for a career high 37 points in Irmo’s fast-paced win. Roper had plenty of support in the scoring department from Jeremy Clinckscales (23 points), David Frazier (18) and Josh Clinkscales (13). Jeremy Clinkscales came in to the contest with a 10.0 scoring average, Frazier was at 12.5 ppg and Josh Clinckscales at 9.2 ppg.
Dontae Shuler, Brice Green and Scott Buston carried the load for Dutch Fork. Shuler rang up a game high 20 points, and was backed up by Green’s 17 and 12 from Buston. Xen Singleton, Eric White and DeQuan Grooms all finished with 14 points for the T-Wolves, who fell to 0-3 in region play.
The tough defense by Aiken notwithstanding, RNE simply had a bad night on its home floor in its return to action after two solid tournament showings during the holiday break, including a third-place finish at its own Chick-fil-A Classic. The Cavaliers failed to reach double digits in three quarters during last night’s lackluster performance. Aiken trailed 19-12 at halftime, but went on a rejuvenating 15-7 run in the third quarter. Jarred Guest scored 13 points for RNE, which now shares third place in the standings with Aiken behind Irmo and Dutch Fork.
Elsewhere, Shaq Roland tallied 25 points as Lexington rolled over visiting Orangeburg-Wilkinson 75-51 for its 5-4A win of the season.