2018-01-03 / Sports

Holiday hoops

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

In a back and forth game, the Gaffney Indians had the last run to salvage a game at the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic with a 54-47 win over Byrnes on Saturday.

The Indians were 1-2 at the tournament to finish seventh out of the 8-team field.

“We’re disappointed to finish seventh but it was a good win over a rival (Byrnes),” Gaffney coach Mark Huff said.

Stan Ellis was 4 of 4 and Ladarius Foster was 2 of 2 at the foul line down the stretch to seal the win.

Foster led the Indians with 17 points and Nick Agapion had 15. Gaffney played without leading scorer Bradley Childers who was injured in the first game of the tournament against Southside and missed the next two games. He’s expected to miss about three weeks with an ankle sprain.

The Indians led by as many as six in the fourth quarter before the Rebels made a run to go up 47-45 with 3:17 remaining. Agapion then sank a 3-pointer to give the Indians a lead they would never relinquish.

Gaffney trailed by seven in the second quarter but closed the half on a run to take a 26-25 lead into halftime.

Nick Agapion led Gaffney with 23 points and went 5 of 9 from 3 point range in a 58- 56 loss to Southside on Thursday. Gaffney was on the opposite end of a comeback in Friday’s 48-43 loss to Madison Memorial of Wisconsin.

The Indians are off until Friday when they host Northwestern.

The Lady Indianscommunication, meanwhile, had a merry time at the Lowes Classic in Chesnee advancing to the title game where they lost 53-38 to East Rutherford on Saturday.

Mariah Corry had 14 points, Kayla Ford added 12 and Jasmine Oglesby had 11 in the title game loss.

The Lady Indians can blame poor foul shooting for the loss, going only 2 of 10 in the fourth quarter from the free throw line.

"We played four complete quarters and as hard as I've seen them play all season," Gaffney coach Susan Wade said. "Despite the loss, this is what I've been looking for in the girls all season.”

The Blacksburg boys basketball team was full of Christmas cheer while it was Bah Humbug for the Blacksburg girls team.

The boys captured the Claw Classic championship Friday with a 56-46 win over host Woodruff.

Eli Rodgers had a game-high 19 points, while Kirby Connell added 10 for Blacksburg.

The Wildcats led from start to finish. Rodgers buried a 3-pointer nearly a minute in to open the scoring in the second quarter for Blacksburg. The Wildcats led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter and 32-17 at the half.

Rodgers had back-to-back layups early in the third quarter to put Blacksburg on top 40-21.

The Lady Wildcats fell to 66-33 in the championship game of the tournament at West Oak High School.

Sam Toney had 13 points and Mikala Logan had 8 for the Lady Wildcats. Ebonee Foster was named to the all-tournament team.

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