Here are some of the highlights on the Midlands boys basketball scene, Dec. 10:
Lexington, White Knoll and Heathwood Hall all earned wins in Charleston on Friday against SCISA. The Wildcats and Timberwolves will play again tonight in the Holy City.
Lexington (6-1) pulled out a 70-65 overtime win at First Baptist. Shaq Roland led the Wildcats with 22 points, Brandon Adams tallied 17 and Jody Glymph chiiped in with 10. White Knoll (8-1) handled Porter-Gaud 52-43 behind Ken Singleton (14 points), Keith Jumper (12) and Quinton Carroll (11).
The neighboring rivals switch places on Saturday. Lexington plays at Porter-Gaud, while White Knoll takes on First Baptist.
Heathwood Hall, meanwhile, improved to 5-0 with an easy 56-38 conquest of host Northwood Academy. As usual, the dynamic duo of Corey Littlejohn and Joseph James did the major damage for the Highlanders. Littlejohn cashed in 25 points, while James scored 17. Heathwood Hall is off until Dec. 17 when it heads back to the Lowercountry for the start of the Porter-Gaud holiday tournament.
Keenan (3-1) bounced back from a Thursday loss to Richland Noprtheast to beat Lower Richland 62-56 in double overtime to complete a season sweep of the city rival Diamond Hornets – a rare feat, indeed.
Marcus and Tray Stroman combined for 27 points and Quinton Johnson accounted for 13 more to pace the Raiders balanced scoring effort. Marcus Stroman took team scoring honors with 16 points.
LR (2-2) received a 21-point effort from Edward Stevens. The Diamond Hornets open Region 5-3A play on Tuesday at Chapin.
Columbia (2-3) ended a three-game losing streak with a 47-39 win at Dreher, and avenged a 70-62 loss to the Blue Devils last week. Casey Gladney topped the balanced Capitals box score with 12 points, while McArtha Thompson and Brandon Bookey contributed 10 points apiece to the cause.
Quayshun Hawkins led Dreher with 19 points. It was the third game in four days for the Blue Devils, who fell to 5-4. Dreher opens defense of its Region 5-3A championship on Tuesday at home against Brookland-Cayce.
Chapin is riding a two-game winning streak heading its Region 5-3A opener at home against Lower Richland. The Eagles improved to 3-5 after nipped neighboring Mid-Carolina 70-66 in overtime on Friday. The Eagle scoring parade featured Michael Melvin (21 points), Brian Kidd (20), Michael Weimer (15) and Alex Beuno (11).
It may have been a tad ugly, but the Camden Bulldogs need make no excuses for its 47-35 win at Lugoff Elgin. Eleven players in all contributed points to the Bulldogs cause, though no managed to enter more than Jamari Furguson’s nine points. It was the final tune-up for the start of the Region 4-4A campaign for Lugoff-Elgin (1-3). The Demons 4A region debut will be on Tuesday at home against Richland Northeast. Jojo Pellegrino and Michael Sumpter scored 10 points apiece vs. Camden.
A total of 14 players scored in Spring Valley’s 83-53 rout of Hartsville on Friday. It was quite a reversal of fortunes for the Vikings, who fell to the Red Foxes in Hartsville 75-66 in their regular season opener on Nov. 30. Kristofer Acox and Russell McCray led Spring Valley. Acox, a 6-6 junior forward finished with 15 points, while McCray contributed 12. The Vikings (2-4) take on Midlands Valley at home tonight, and begin Region 4-4A action on Tuesday at Irmo.
Jeremy Clinkscales deposited 20 for Irmo (2-1) in a 63-49 win over Airport on Friday.