High School Sports

Wildcats prevail in OT, secure No. 1 playoff seed

Lexington officially earned a share of the Region 5-4A boys basketball championship and claimed the region’s No. 1 state playoff seed by downing neighboring White Knoll 54-49 in overtime on Monday in the final game of the regular season.

Shaq Roland came up huge for the Wildcats with time waning in overtime, blocking a White Knoll shot and following up that defensive gem with a three-point play at the other end to put Lexington ahead for good.

Lexington finished with an 11-3 region record, sharing the region title with Irmo, a 63-59 winner over Dutch Fork on Monday. But the Wildcats will be the top region seed and will have home-court advantage if they keep winning until the playoffs shift to neutral sites next week. Lexington, which is 21-5 overall (11-1 since the beginning January), hosts region rival Dutch Fork in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Wednesday. DF (13-10) made the cut as the fifth seed out of the eight-team 5-4A field.

Irmo (17-7) also rates a home date in the first round of the playoffs. The Yellow Jackets host Summerville on Wednesday. Jordan Roper tallied 19 points, David Frazier added 14 and Jeremy Clinkscaled scored 13 in Irmo’s regular season finale vs. Dutch Fork.

Richland Northeast (15-9) finished in a tie for third place with North Augusta by whipping last-place Orangeburg-Wilkinson 61-36 on Monday. The up-and-down Cavaliers are the region’s No. 3 seed, and hit the road to face Fort Dorchester in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday.

Jarred Guest pace RNE in the regular season finale with 16 points and Quinn Martin scored 11.