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Sumpters buzzer-beater gives Demons 62-61 win
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NCS JOSH JONES (11) holds his ground while battling for position with L-Es William Grant on an inbounds play during Wednesday nights game at the Demons Den.
This is one Christmas present which the Lugoff-Elgin basketball team will not have to return.Trailing visiting North Central, 61-59, with 4/10ths of a second to play, the host Demons went to their second option. And, what a choice it was as senior guard Michael Sumpter took Dre Scott’s inbounds pass from just beyond the 3-point arch, double-clutched and sent home the game-winner as the buzzer sounded while the ball was in flight.The shot, which came from the left side of the basket after L-E inbounded the ball from under its own goal, capped a wild final two minutes of play between the in-county rivals. The Knights (3-4) used a 20-4 run, in a span of less than six minutes in the fourth quarter, to rally from a 52-37 deficit to take a 57-56 lead when Darius Brown stole the inbounds pass and laid it home with 1:49 to play.