Jackets edge Lions, 50-48

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Buford tops Lewisville

By Heath Joplin



RICHBURG – Buford, after dropping a tough loss in the closing seconds at Ben Lippen School of Columbia on Friday night, saw the plus side of a game-ending situation.

Buford’s Kholby Pate hit a shot with 16 seconds to play to lift the Jackets to a 50-48 win over Lewisville High School on Saturday, Jan. 11.

BHS, after a 51-50 loss to the BL Falcons, rebounded to notch the two-point win.

“The guys played hard and battled the whole game and found a way to get the win,” BHS coach Neil Couch said.

Pate paced the Jackets with 23 points, 14 in the second half.

Lewisville led 11-8 after one period and held a 23-21 lead at the break.

Buford, with a 17-15 quarter, tied the game at 38-all with a period to play before pulling out the late win.

After Pate nailed what proved to be the winning basket, the Lions had a couple of shots at the bucket, but missed and BHS held on for the victory.

Druw Rollings had eight points and Christian Joplin netted six. Corey Bracey scored five points.

Wade Lambert netted four. Orantez Coleman and Tomas Hayden each added two points.

Obbie Sarduy led the Lions with 13. Tony Gaston and Denver Mosley each had eight points for LHS.

“We’ve been tested in our non-region games and I feel we’re ready for region play,” Couch said. “This win gives us a boost as we move to region play this week.”

In the girls game, Lewisville posted its first win on the season, taking a 46-41 win over the Buford girls, who fell to 5-4.

Buford held a 33-31 lead with a quarter to go, but the Lady Lions, 1-7, used a 15-8 run in the final period to notch the three-point win.

Lewisville’s Mo Fisher, who hit 15 points, netted a jumper with 2:11 to play and the Lions kept the upper hand for their first win.

Rikola Anderson, who led the Lions with 21, had 13 second-half points.

“I’m not happy with the loss, but we showed more energy and played more inspired tonight than we did at Ben Lippen on Friday night,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Lewisville hit some shots in the final period and we didn’t.”

BHS, tied at 12-all after one period, used an 11-5 second period to gain a 23-17 halftime lead. Buford owned a 33-31 lead after three quarters, but the Lady Lions roared with its pivotal 15-8 surge to gain the five-point triumph.

Gabby Davis led BHS with 21 points, 16 in the first half. Jasona Ballard followed with seven and Ashley Roberts scored six. Autumn Rabon hit four and Valerie Jones added two. Ty Hough tallied one point.

In the jayvee boys game, the Junior Jackets notched their first win, topping the Lion Cubs, 44-41.

BHS, 1-4, was led by Matt Hunter’s 11 points. Isaiah Nesbit added 10 points.

Buford visited county foe Andrew Jackson to open region play on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The Jackets host Central of Pageland on Friday, Jan. 17.