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ERIC ROWELL/For The Lancaster News
Gamecocks basketball star Sindarius Thornwell, who grew up in Lancaster, is surrounded by friends and members of the media Thursday night after learning he will play for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
'Relief, man, finally!'

More than 300 supporters raised the roof off the Lancaster Moose Lodge Thursday night as Sindarius Thornwell, the best basketball player our city has ever produced, learned he’ll be playing for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
After three hours of waiting through 47 draft picks, Thornwell stared at the TV and everyone fell silent as the 48th selection was announced. “Sindari…,” and the Moose Lodge erupted in cheers and applause. In the jostling ecstacy, someone whacked Thornwell on the back of the head.