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Dogs move to third in Region 4-AAA race

Posted: February 6, 2014 2:46 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

It looks as if the Camden boys are peaking at the right time.

Ron McKie’s Bulldogs swept a pair of Region 4-AAA games on Tuesday and Wednesday to extend their win streak to three while improving to 6-4 in conference play. With two games left, the Dogs are in third place in the circuit, a half-game ahead of Westwood (5-4) and two games behind second-place A.C. Flora (8-2).

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs downed seventh-ranked Westwood, 47-34, to split the season series with Terry Dozier’s troops. Josh Sumpter led Camden and all scorers with 17 points in the victory. Alexx Cooke had a pair of key 3-point baskets down the stretch and finished with 10 points while D.J. Wilson continued his strong play with a 10-point night for the winners.

One night later, CHS traveled to River Bluff for a make-up game and scored a sweep of its two meetings with the Gators, winning 55-41. Once again, Sumpter led the guests, who have tonight off, with 20 points, 15 of those coming before halftime. Delton Bradford was next with 13 points while Cooke chipped in with seven.

Lady Bulldogs split: The Camden girls’ post-season hopes took a hit in Wednesday’s 47-46 loss to River Bluff which came on the heels of a 60-47 thumping over Westwood on Tuesday.

Natalie Jeffcoat’s troops stand at 4-6 in Region 4-AAA action, a half-game behind Chapin (4-5) for the fourth and final playoff berth in the conference. Chapin comes to Camden next Tuesday night.

In the win over Westwood, Camden raced to a 25-14 halftime lead on the strength of a 19-10 second quarter run. The Lady Bulldogs led, 39-32, after three stanzas before closing with a 21-15 fourth quarter surge.

Against River Bluff, a team which Camden beat earlier this year, the Gators were able to use the home court to their advantage to pick up their first win of the conference season. Sharneece Gary led Camden with 15 points while senior classmate Nikki Lee was next with 10 points.

Lugoff-Elgin drops twinbill: Richland Northeast took both ends of a Tuesday night doubleheader against host Lugoff-Elgin in what were the final home games of the season for L-E.

After the Lady Cavaliers won the opening contest, RNE scored a 50-40 victory in the nightcap.

The Demons were paced by 10 points and six rebounds from senior center Jamerius Summerson. Junior guard Daniel Quattlebaum and senior guard Kevin Fields were next for Garrett Knight’s troops with 10 and nine points, respectively. Elliott Campbell, L-E’s 6-foot-5 freshman, had seven points to go with eight rebounds.

Knights see playoff hopes dwindle: With two games left, the North Central boys basketball team saw their playoff hopes take a blow with a pair of home losses on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at The Castle in Boonetown.

Tuesday night, Eau Claire came to town and left with a 69-52 win. On Wednesday, visiting and third-ranked Keenan handed Andy Johnson’s squad a 73-32 setback.

Against Eau Claire, NC trailed, 18-11, after one quarter and 34-23 at the half as the Shamrocks went on to the Region 3-AA victory.

Senior center Kawan Hough led the Knights with a 17-point, 14-rebound night while sophomore guard Antonio Parks had 14 points and four caroms. Senior Banyon Sullivan scored eight points to go along with seven rebounds.

After trailing Keenan, 12-11, after one quarter and being tied at 16 at halftime, the Knights were unable to keep up the pace as the Raiders exploded for 28 third quarter points to carry a commanding 44-27 lead into the quarter quarter. The guests dropped 29 points in the final eight minutes.

Hough led the hosts with eight points and 13 rebounds while Sullivan added seven points and four rebounds for the Knights which fell to 2-6 in league play with two games remaining.

 

 

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