Conway topples Carolina Forest at The Black Hole

conhoops-32The Carolina Forest and Conway High boys basketball teams entered Region 6-5A play with high rankings and even higher hopes for a region title. Two weeks later, the two rivals met with their playoff lives potentially on the line.

After both teams got off to disappointing 1-2 starts to league play, the loser of Wednesday night’s clash would face an uphill challenge to get back in the race. That team is Carolina Forest, which suffered a 51-44 setback to Conway on its own floor at The Black Hole.

Playing without starters Duane Moss and Damon McDowell, the Panthers trailed for virtually the entire night and fell behind by double digits after three quarters, 35-25. Carolina Forest cut the gap to within four points in the final minute but couldn’t overcome the Tigers, who hit their free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

Tariq Timmons had a huge night for the Panthers (7-10, 1-3) with 25 points and Jaylen Johnson added 10. Carolina Forest travels to Socastee on Friday.

Conway was led by Juwon Moody, whose team-high 17 points included several late foul shots to put the game away. Freshman Tonka Hemingway had a breakout night for the Tigers with 16 points.  Conway (11-3, 2-2) visits South Florence.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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