Carolina Forest boys take first place with win at Sumter

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team moved into first place in Region VI-AAAA on Friday night with a 54-51 victory over host Sumter.

The Panthers got a pair of double-doubles from Jarvez Holmes (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Melquan Nelson (15 points, 10 rebounds) to earn at least a tie atop the standings with South Florence.

Carolina Forest (15-6 overall, 5-2 region) also got 13 points and seven boards from Robert Gray.

The Gamecocks (18-7, 4-3), who entered the game in a three-way tie atop the region standings, were led by Tre’ Woods’ 13 points and Anthony Moses’ 12.

The Panthers return to action in a non-region contest against visiting Porter Gaude.

* Girls: Carolina Forest was all but eliminated from postseason play with a 60-43 loss at Sumter on Friday night.

Marisa Runyon scored 22 points to lead the Lady Panthers (10-12, 2-5), but it wasn’t enough to overcome Sumter star Danielle McFadden’s game-high 26 and Kadijah Rembert’s 20.

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