SANTEE — An outbreak of the flu forced the Hunter-Kinard-Tyler varsity boys’ basketball team to withdraw from the Lake Marion Invitational Friday and left the host school in need of an opening night opponent.
Thanks to a familiar foe, the Gators didn’t have to look far for a replacement.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson, just two hours after the Bruins beat Cane Bay 71-30, agreed to step back onto the court to face Lake Marion for the third time this season.
But the third time wouldn’t prove to be the charm for the Bruins. Lake Marion rode a fast start to hold on for a 64-57 victory and remain undefeated at 8-0.
“We had an opportunity to fill in and get some more work in so we took advantage of it,” Orangeburg-Wilkinson coach Tracey Gamble said. “We thought both of the other times we played them we had a chance to put the game away, but we didn’t. We really just wanted one more crack at them. It didn’t really matter that we had played a game before, we just wanted to give it another shot.”
If not for a one-sided first quarter, the Bruins (4-4) may have pulled off their second win of the day. The Gators led 18-8 after the first quarter, and O-W never managed to draw closer than five points down the rest of the way.
Jabarus Saxon and Steven Drayton scored 15 points apiece to lead the Gators, who moved on to face Berkeley in the Green Bracket semifinals today.
O-W, led by Isiah Felder’s 32 points, will face Wade Hampton in the semifinals of the Black Bracket.
Lake Marion 46, Edisto 44
Alexis Robinson hit a free throw with 3.1 seconds to play to preserve a 46-44 Lake Marion victory over Edisto (5-2) Friday night.
Carmen Robinson led the Lady Gators (5-3) with 13 points.
Edisto’s Gionnie Moorer scored 14 points to lead the Lady Cougars.
Orangeburg Prep 62, Bethune-Bowman 39
Ashlyn Fralix scored 23 points, and Victoria Williams added 16 as Orangeburg Prep (6-3) defeated Bethune Bowman, 62-39, in the opening round to set up a rare showdown with Orangeburg-Wilkinson today at 4 p.m.
OPS head coach Jan Stoudemire said she looked forward to the test of the top-ranked Bruinettes (9-2).
“Things certainly don’t get any easier, but that’s what we came here for: to play some good basketball teams,” Stoudemire said. “We’ll give them our best shot.”
Orangeburg-Wilkinson 53, Camden 33
The No. 1 Bruinettes cruised to a 53-33 victory over Camden in opening-round action Friday afternoon.
Dejoria Howard’s 19 points led O-W.
Edisto 60, Colleton County 52
The Cordova breed of feline was too much in the opening-round “Battle of the Cougars” Friday as Edisto (7-0) outlasted Colleton County 60-52.
Dejuan Lee scored 17 points to lead Edisto, which moved on to face Berkeley in a semifinal matchup today.
Latrell Nieves had 13 points to lead Colleton County.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson 71, Cane Bay 30
Felder paced the Bruins with 16 points, as Orangeburg-Wilkinson opened tournament play with a 71-30 victory over Cane Bay.
Daniel Brown-Crawford added 11 points, and eight other Bruins scored in the victory.
Berkeley 81, Orangeburg Prep 34
Tim Schriver scored 10 points in a losing effort, as Berkeley cruised to an 81-34 victory over Orangeburg Prep.
Wade Hampton 63, Bethune-Bowman 50
Cross 47, Scott’s Branch 25
Sumter 61, Estill 36
Keenan 52, Denmark-Olar 37
Marlboro County 51, Rock Hill 46
Sumter 70, Westside 20
Estill 41, Scott’s Branch 34
Dutch Fork 60, Wade Hampton 12
Scott’s Branch vs. Edisto
Berkeley vs. Lake Marion
Cross vs. Rock Hill
Orangeburg Prep vs. Bethune-Bowman
Sumter vs. Marlboro County
Wade Hampton vs. Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Bethune-Bowman vs. Cane Bay
Myrtle Beach vs. Dutch Fork
Camden vs. Bethune-Bowman
Colleton County vs. Wade Hampton
Keenan vs. Sumter
Estill vs. Lake Marion
Denmark-Olar vs. Westside
Scott’s Branch vs. Edisto