HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL - Host teams win in preseason tournament openers
A last-minute change in the lineup for the 29th Lake Murray Tipoff resulted in 2 game locations for opening night.
While Lexington got to play host to 1 game, White Knoll High School was utilized for an impromptu doubleheader.
The change was the result of a covid-19 case forcing Fox Creek to not participate. This gave Batesburg-Leesville a 1st round bye on the Lexington side of the bracket.
They will now play the Wildcats at 6 pm Tuesday following Lexington's 84-38 rout of Swansea.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Zavier Measmer outscored the Tigers 10-7 in the 1st quarter enroute to finishing with a game-high 23 points.
Freshman Cam Scott came to life offensively in the 2nd quarter with 9 of his 15 points. Dillon Harris came off the bench in the 4th quarter and scored 8 of his 12 points.
Andre Savage and MJ Reed each had 9 points each for Swansea.
In Game 1 in Red Bank, Barnwell defeated East Clarendon 64-44. Russell Branch had a game-high 22 points, 9 in the 4th quarter when he helped the Warhorses outscore the Monarchs 22-3.
Adam Clarke added 13 points and Chris Hicks finished with 10 for Barnwell.
Keyon Wilson had 13 points and Ty'mere Cooper added 9 for East Clarendon.
Up next for the Warhorses at 8 pm Tuesday are the co-host team Timberwolves who defeated Mid-Carolina 49-40.
It was the 1st victory for new head coach Darrick Cureton, who saw his team fall behind 13-12 at the end of the 1st half. White Knolll took a 25-24 lead at halftime and outscored the Rebels 24-16 in the 2nd half.
Jaylen Ray led all scorers with 16 points and LJ Curry and Jeremiah Brown each had 8 points.
Shelton Brooks had 14 points and Jonny Ruff finished with 10 for the Rebels, who will face East Clarendon at 6 pm at White Knoll High School.
(At Lexington High School)
Lexington vs. Batesburg-Leesville 6 pm
(At White Knoll High School)
East Clarendon vs. Mid-Carolina 6 pm
White Knoll vs. Barnwell 8 pm
TIP OFF AT THE DAM
River Bluff 62, Lakewood 56
Myles Brand had a game-high 18 points, Evan Haig added 11 points and Grayson Renner finished with 9 in a battle of the "Gators" in The Swamp.
Jaqcorey Melton scored 17 points, Camereyo McMillan had 16 and Kameron Rodriquez finished with 14 for Lakewood.
South Pointe 64, South Aiken 57
The Stallions will face River Bluff at 8 pm, while the Thoroughbreds plays Lakewood at 6 pm
Aiken 62, Chapin 33
RJ Felton scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Nate Holland had 16 points and Kam Williamson finished with 13 points as the Hornets spoiled the debut of new Eagles head coach on his homefloor.
Aiken will next face Cross Creek at 7 pm Tuesday at Chapin High School. The Razorbacks defeated defending Lower State champion in the opening game.