High School Sports

Falcons can make things interesting in SCISA 1-3A

Ben Lippen has a chance to make things very interesting in SCISA Region 1-3A boys basketball on Tuesday with a win over St. Joseph’s.

As the region championship race hits the home stretch, the Falcons (17-7, 6-2) and revitalized Heathwood Hall (15-5, 6-2) are hot on the trail of the first-place Knights from Greenville (7-1). A win by Ben Lippen on Tuesday and a Heathwood success against archrival Hammond throws the title chance into a three-way with one game left in the regular season.

Ben Lippen righted the ship last week with two wins after suffering three setbacks in their previous four outings. The slide included losses to St. Joseph’s and Heathwood Hall. Mitchell Deter sets the pace for the Falcons, averaging 19.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals a game. BL’s other key operatives include Derek Snelgrove (10.4 ppg), Drew Fraley (9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Chad Burnett (8.3 ppg, 3.4 apg)) and Gabe Smith (7.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg).

Heathwood Hall helped made the final-week drama possible with a rousing 70-47 pasting of St. Joseph’s at home on Friday, avenging a 70-66 loss to the Knights in Greenville on Jan. 15.

Corey Littlejohn was outstanding again for the Highlanders, burning the Knights for 30 points. Joseph English backed the leader with 10 points. HH set the tome early, racing to a commanding 17-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.