Boys Hoops: Panthers’ loss, Braves’ win set up big game

cfhoops-34jThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team put up another strong effort but lost a hard-fought game to Sumter 40-37 on Monday night.

Following an upset of West Florence last week, the shorthanded Panthers (9-12 overall, 3-5 Region 6-5A) did another great job of slowing down another high-powered region foe. They forced their tempo on Sumter and would not allow the Gamecocks to get out and run in transition.

The strategy kept the game close as neither team led by more than five points until the fourth quarter. The Panthers found themselves down six in the final 2 minutes. They hit a big 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half and later missed a potential game-tying trey in the final seconds.

Carolina Forest was led by Richmond Collier with 12 points, and Tariq Timmons and T-Jay Brunson added eight points apiece. The Panthers are now essentially in a must-win game to make the playoffs Friday against visiting Socastee.

* Socastee 66, South Florence 52: The Braves (11-9, 3-5) kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Bruins.

Socastee visits Carolina Forest on Friday in a key showdown for a playoff spot. The Braves won the earlier meeting with the Panthers.

* West Florence 54, Conway 48: The Tigers (14-5, 4-4) were held to only three points the first quarter before rallying late to make it a close loss to the Knights.

Coming off an upset loss to Carolina Forest, West Florence came out firing and jumped out to a 15-3 lead after the opening period. The Tigers trailed by double-digits until the fourth quarter but Conway couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

Conway faces South Florence at home Thursday.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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