Lugoff-Elgin bounced back from last Thursday’s loss to Andrew Jackson by knocking off host North Central, 69-59, in Tuesday’s boys’ basketball action at The Castle in Boonetown.
With the victory, the Demons swept the season series with their in-county rival.
Garrett Knight’s guests opened the game with a 13-0 run which led to a 15-7 lead after one quarter before the Knights (0-4) cut the deficit to 34-28 at intermission. The guests used a 16-10 spurt in the third quarter to lead, 50-38, heading into the fourth quarter.
NC trimmed the deficit to four points at one time, but could not get any closer.
"We couldn’t knock down some open looks and L-E took advantage of our misses and made some shots to pull away after that," said first-year NC head coach Cary Phillips. "I was really proud of my guys; they fought all the way to the end."
NC senior Will Jenkins led all scorers with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore Jeremiah Jenkins and classmate Zach Jones had 18 and 12 points, respectively, while senior Jay Parks added four points while grabbing seven rebounds.
"My 10th graders, Jeremiah Jenkins and Zach Jones stepped up and combined for 30 points," Phillips said. "And Jay Parks and Will Jenkins played the whole game, pretty much, so I know they were tired coming down the stretch. But we kept playing hard until the buzzer sounded.
"Hat’s off to L-E, though. They made the shots when it counted. We have to find a way to start games better because we put ourselves in some big holes the first three to four minutes of every ballgame we have played so far."
Senior Daniel Quattlebaum led the way for L-E with 20 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sophomore Tyrese Elm had 11 points and three assists while classmate Elliot Campbell had nine points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Bradwin Salmond had seven points to go along with a team-best 11 rebounds.
Lady Demons pick up first victory:
Lady Demons pick up first victory:After having opened the season with a pair of losses, the Lugoff-Elgin girls secured their first victory of the year with a 53-31 win over host North Central on Tuesday.