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The Lancaster Bruins capped play in the annual Bojangles Shootout, notching a seventh-place finish with an 82-68 win over A.C. Flora High of Columbia at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte on Thursday.
The Bruins found their stroke in their tournament finale, hitting 55 percent for the game, including 60 percent in the second half.
Lancaster, 9-3, forged a 39-27 lead at the half and kept the upper hand in the final two periods for the 14-point win.
LHS sophomore standout Sindarius Thornwell, an all-tournament pick, and senior Ron Trapps each hit 21 points to lead the Bruins. Thornwell had five assists and four steals, while Trapps had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Thornwell, a 6-4 swing player, tallied 58 points in three tournament games.
C.D. Pelham hit nine and Alan Robinson and Forrest Woodard netted eight points each. Derae Montgomery scored six. Qua Duncan had three points.
KeAnthony Foster, Lorenzo Scott and Brien Clyburn each hit two points.
“We weren’t happy with where we finished, but it was good to get a win to end the tournament. We wanted to build some momentum heading into the 2011 portion of our schedule,” Lancaster High School coach Ricardo Priester said. “We got off to a good start and did a good job of playing with the lead.””
Flora, 2-8 and 0-3 in the three-day tournament, was led by Matthew Howard and Frank Woods with 16 each. Wilfred Roach scored 15 points.
Lancaster opened play in the three-day tournament, dropping a 59-48 loss to Mallard Creek High School of Charlotte.
Mallard Creek finished fourth in the tourney, falling to Berry Academy, 66-59 on Thursday.
LHS fell to Mooresville on day two, losing 71-66. Mooresville defeated South Meck of Charlotte, 53-45 in the fifth-place game.
In the tournament title game, Northside Christian notched a 56-54 win over Victory Christian in overtime. Griffin Pittman, the tournament MVP, scored 24 points, including the decisive bucket, to pace the Knights.
Lancaster returned to play Tuesday night with a trip to Rock Hill to face Class AAA foe South Pointe High School.
LHS hosts Class AAA Chester High School on Friday night.
In other games Tuesday, Indian Land hosted Chesterfield in non-region play, while Andrew Jackson was at North Central to face the Class A Knights.
AJ is coming off play in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic where the Lady Volunteers won the girls tournament title. The AJ boys dropped a pair of games to finish fourth.
In games Friday, Lancaster hosts Chester and Buford visits Andrew Jackson High School.
Buford also competed in the Comporium Christmas Classic at AJ High where the BHS girls were the runner-up to the Lady Volunteers.
The BHS boys fell to Clover in the opening round, but rebounded to defeat the host Vols, 66-61 in the tournament consolation game.
Two teams are in action Saturday as Indian Land hosts Rock Hill and Buford faces McBee.