PLAYOFF BOUND - B-C, Pelion headed to post-season after wins
It was a Valentine's Day face-off filled with passion.
In the end, Brookland-Cayce came out with a 52-50 win over archrival Airport in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Bearcats' Zach McCoy, who went on a 4th-quarter scoring tear, and Chamar Martin, who scored his team’s final 4 points, each had 17 points. Christian Ferguson hit 3 3-pointers for BC and finished with 9 points.
Airport's Jeremiah Harris had 18 and Nanders Lawrence scored 15. The Eagles' Troy McCants recorded six blocked shots.
The win secured a playoff spot for the Bearcats, while Airport was awarded an at-large playoff spot, Saturday.
To start the high-intensity game in a packed house at Brookland-Cayce, the Eagles jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first quarter. An 18-2 run by the Bearcats resulted in a 22-11 lead in the 2nd quarter.
A 3-minute scoring drought and a 9-2 run by Airport cut Brookland-Cayce's lead to 24-19 at halftime.
The Bearcats (13-13, 3-7) remained cold to start the 2nd half and Airport took the lead back 25-24 early in the third quarter. The Eagles stretched the advantage to as many as 8 points into the fourth quarter.
McCoy went on a 10-point individual scoring tear and Brookland-Cayce tied the game at the 2:51 mark in the 4th quarter.
Airport tied the game at 48-48, but Martin scored on a putback with 1:07 left and 2 free throws with 14.5 seconds left to put Brookland-Cayce ahead for good.
BC: Zach McCoy 17, Christian Ferguson 9, Chamar Martin 17, Aubrey Richardson 5, London Tillman 2, Skylar King 2.
Airport: Nanders Lawrence 15, Jeremiah Harris 18, Markco Gilmore 2, Xavier Ford-Belton 4, Troy McCants 6, Steve Gomez 5.
Irmo 44, Sumter 33
The 2nd ranked Yellow Jackets wrapped up an undefeated season in Region 4-5A with a home win Friday.
Dylan Williams scored 11 points and had 5 assists and Khari Felder had 10 points to lead Irmo (22-3, 8-0), who will open the Class 5A playoffs at home Wednesday.
Swansea 43, Pelion 40
The Tigers won a play-in game for the 4th post-season spot out of Region 5-3A Friday at Gilbert High School.
Swansea (5-19) will open the Class 3A playoffs at Ridgeland-Hardeeville Tuesday.
Airport 37, Brookland-Cayce 6
Jayla Jamison scored 10 points and Caleigh Corbitt added 9 as the Lady Eagles (18-7, 8-2) finished in 2nd place in Region 5-4A and will open the playoffs at home.
Irmo 50, Sumter 47
Ehrial Wagstaff scored 23 points and had 7 steals and Maliyiah Mason added 17 as the 2nd ranked Lady Yellow Jackets clinched the Region 4-5A title.
Irmo (21-3, 8-0) will open the Class 5A playoffs at home.