SATURDAY'S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS - Undefeated Lexington ties school mark in advancing to 3rd round
Another victory, another milestone for the undefeated Lexington boys’ basketball team.
Saturday’s 64-40 win over Goose Creek not only sent the Wildcats to the 3rd round of the Class 3A playoffs for the second time in 3 years. It was their 28th consecutive win, tying the school mark set between the 1995-96 state championship team and 1996-97 squad.
Region 5-5A Player of the Year Mason Carver scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. Playing in front of a homecrowd that included an impressed former University of South Carolina team captain Carey Rich, Carver helped the Wildcats break out to a 19-8 advantage.
The Wildcats aggressiveness at the basket put the Gators into foul trouble early. One of the calls was argued by Goose Creek head coach Blake Hall and he was whistled for a technical.
Lexington stretched its lead to 22 points in the second half. Jonathan Corley added 15 points and Bradley Foulks added 9 to close out another home victory.
Lexington can break the school mark for consecutive wins and advance to Saturday’s Lower State final with a win Tuesday night at home against Conway. The Tigers defeated James Island 53-40 in the second.
A Lexington victory would also tie head coach Bailey Harris with Chip Atkins for 6th all-time in the S.C. High School League coaching career wins’ list with 637.
Grey Collegiate 62, Whale Brach 40
Class 2A Player of the Year Tommy Bruner scored 23 points and Jahlil Robinson added 9 as the defending state champions advanced to the second round.
A 17-7 third quarter helped the War Eagles (18-10) increase their lead to 41-23 going into the fourth quarter. Up next for them is Mullins Tuesday at Allen University.
Head coach Dion Bethea’s uncle, Mark Gerald, once coached the Auctioneers.
Berkeley 76, River Bluff 64
The winningest season in school history came to an end Saturday for the Gators.
River Bluff trailed 22-20 at end of the 1st quarter. It was then outscored 19-9 in the 2nd quarter by the Stags (24-1) and could only close the gap to 3 points the rest of the way.
Andrew Robinson scored 16 points and Terrill Windom and J.T. Reeves each added 13 in the loss.
River Bluff finished the season with a 21-6 record, while the Stags advance to the third round to face West Ashley, a 52-51 winner over West Florence.
Dorman 68, Irmo 41
For the second year in a row, the Yellow Jackets saw their season end at the hands of the 2-time defending Class 5A champion Cavaliers.
Instead of the state championship game, the defeat came in the second round at Roebuck. Irmo got off to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, but were then outscored 21-3 to fall behind 30-19 at halftime.
Dylan Williams led the Yellow Jackets (17-11) with 20 points.
Dorman (26-3), coached by former Lexington player Thomas Ryan, play host to archrival Spartanburg on Tuesday.
Darlington 77, Brookland-Cayce 49
The Bearcats’ season came to an end Saturday in the 2nd round of the Class 4A playoffs.
They end the season with a 13-14 overall record.
S.C. HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
James Island at Lexington 7 p.m.
Swansea at Bishop England 7 p.m.
East Clarendon vs. Gray Collegiate (at Allen University) 7:30 p.m.
Conway at Lexington 7 p.m.
Mullins vs. Gray Collegiate (at Allen University) 7 p.m.