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Dogs, Knights suffer single-digit defeats
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Marlboro County used a pair of London Johnson free throws in the final 16 seconds of play to give itself a three-point cushion and would then tack on two more insurance points to hold out visiting Camden, 38-33, in a Region 6-AAA boys’ basketball game played on Friday night in Bennettsville.The loss dropped Ron McKie’s troops to 2-3 after the first of two rounds in conference play. Marlboro County improved to 2-4 in league action with the victory.MC led, 9-6, after the first quarter of the low-scoring affair and maintained that three-point advantage at halftime, leading, 17-14. The hosts carried a four-point, 25-21, lead into the final stanza.Senior point guard Darelle Smith and junior guard Josh Council led Camden with 10 points each while senior forward Jamari Ferguson was next with eight points.Lady Bulldogs upended: After nearly pulling off an upset over visiting Lakewood with a late-game rally on Tuesday, the Camden girls were upended by a strong Marlboro County squad, 59-38, in a Friday night game played in Bennettsville.The loss left Natalie Jeffcoat’s squad (7-6) with a 1-4 record after the first round of play in Region 6-AAA. MC improved to 4-1 in conference play with the win.Gamecocks get past Demons: Host Sumter answered a game-opening 4-0 run from Lugoff-Elgin by outscoring the Demons, 30-2, between the first and second quarters before pulling away for a 92-36 non-region victory on Friday night.L-E trailed, 22-6 after the first quarter and faced a 37-11 deficit at halftime.

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