PRESEASON BASKETBALL - Lexington, White Knoll stay perfect at Lake Murray Tip off
Lexington and White Knoll are each a victory away from a Friday matchup in the Lake Murray Tipoff final.
The two teams improved to 2-0 in the tournament with decisive home victories on their homecourt Tuesday night. Lexington pulled away from Burke 76-46 behind 20 points from Bradley Foulks, 18 from Mason Carver and 16 from Jonathan Corley.
Over in Red Bank, the Timberwolves dominated from start to finish in routing Fairfield Central 96-57.
Tauris Wilson led a quartet of double-figure figures for the Timberwolves with 29 points and drew praise from head coach Devin Liferidge.
“He has been amazing, but he’s been amazing all preseason,” Liferidge said. “He was amazing this summer, just to see his development from a sophomore to a junior the last few months has been nothing short of incredible. I’m excited about how he’s leading us on and off the floor.”
White Knoll scored the first 11 points of the contest. It led as many as 44 points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 7, 3-point plays.
D.J. Culbreath added 14 points, Jalen Jennings had 13 and Jaylen Ray finished with 10 for the Timberwolves.
A win Friday at Lexington High School over Airport would potentially set up a matchup between Liferidge and his former Wildcats head coach Bailey Harris on Friday. Lexington, for its part, would have to defeat Palmetto Wednesday to reach the final.
Columbia 51, Airport 40
Darvin Grant scored a game-high 18 points and Quinton Brown had 15 to lead the Capitols.
Jalen Canada had 15 points and Raevon Allen added 11 for the Eagles. Although Airport is winless, White Knoll head coach Devin Liferidge is concerned about Wednesday’s opponent.
“To be honest, they scare me,” he said. “They are so long and just watching them play, I think that type of length could bother us. So expect the same type of effort from us that I’ll get from them.”
Palmetto 58, Strom Thurmond 53
TIP OFF AT THE DAM
River Bluff 51, Spring Valley 48 (OT)
J.T. Reeves and Andrew Robinson each scored 16 points to lead the Gators over their former Region 5-5A rival and advance to the tournament championship.
River Bluff will play host to archrival Dutch Fork at 2:30 p.m. in The Swamp.
IMPACT SPORTS INVITATIONAL
Shannon Forest 52, Irmo 50
Khari Felder’s game-winning 3-point attempt missed as time expired as the Yellow Jackets fell on Tuesday.
Bostun Rivers scored 13 points and Trevez Caldwell added 12 for Irmo, who got 10 rebounds from C.J. Washington.
A.C. FLORA TIP OFF
Lexington 66, A.C. Flora 55
The Lady Wildcats placed third in the tournament behind winner Spring Valley and runner-up Ridge View.
Airport 46, Irmo 42
Caleigh Corbitt finished with 17 points and Jayla Jamison added 10 points for the Lady Eagles (2-1).
Madison Dopico scored 13 points and Ehrial Wagstaff, who was named to the All-Tournament team, finished with 10 to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets (1-2).
HOFFMAN & HUFFMAN CLASSIC
White Knoll 73, Heathwood Hall 51
Hammond 46, Gilbert 44 (OT)