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Knights fall, but still earn playoff berth
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KAWAN HOUGH POSTED a double-double in North Centrals loss to Fairfield Central on Tuesday. The Knights will open state playoff action at Indian Land next Wednesday.
Having lost to Fairfield Central, 67-55, in Tuesday’s final game of the conference and region season, the North Central boys’ basketball team had to wait out the final outcome of that night’s game between Eau Claire and Columbia to learn of their post-season fate.When Columbia knocked off the Shamrocks, 66-50, it meant NC finished fourth in Region 3-AA and earned a trip into the state tournament. The Knights will travel to meet Region 4-AA champion Indian Land next Wednesday night.Had Eau Claire defeated Columbia, the Shamrocks would have been the fourth-place finisher from the conference thanks to a four-point advantage in the final outcomes of their games with NC.As for Tuesday, the visiting Griffins were able to overcome a 25-point, eight-rebound performance from NC senior forward Jeremy Fowler, who was playing his final regular season home game at The Castle.FC, which finished second in league play with an 8-2 record, with both losses coming to champion Keenan, trailed 15-13, after the first quarter before carrying a 29-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The visitors stretched their advantage to 10 points, leading 44-34, heading into the final quarter.In addition to Fowler’s big night, junior center Kawan Hough scored 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds for Andy Johnson’s troops, which will be the county’s lone representative in the post-season.Senior point guard Brady Brister was next with eight points for the Knights.Lady Knights lose finale: Fairfield Central put the lid on the Lady Knights’ season as the visitors stopped the hostesses, 64-24.Mitch Lowder’s girls finished tied for fifth place in Region 3-AA play, along with Pelion.Blazers run past Demons: Ridge View would not allow host Lugoff-Elgin to get a Region 4-4A win streak going as the Blazers pinned a 77-39 defeat on the Demons on Tuesday night.The loss dropped Derek Belton’s charges to 1-8 with one game to play in conference action.Senior Bobby Gary led the way for the Demons with a game-best 21 points.