Friday, January 13, 2017

#10 Aiken handles Midland Valley to improve to 2-0 in region play

Aiken's Devon Young sealed the Hornets' win with a fourth quarter dunk.

With less than 4 minutes remaining, Devon Young assisted on buckets by Jordan Lytes and Na'Zae Baltimore, breaking a 52-52 tie and putting Aiken ahead of region rival Midland Valley by 4. The Mustangs would get no closer and Young removed all doubt about the outcome with a striding two-handed dunk that sealed the Hornets' 64-57 home win.

Kevin Williamson, a 6'3" wing who does a little of everything, led all scorers with 20 points for #10 ranked Aiken, which improved to 14-4 overall and 2-0 in South Carolina class AAAA, region 4 competition.

Young's assists answered Taylor Wade's jump shot that tied the game at 52 with 3:48 remaining. Wade and teammate Mike Brown led the way for Midland Valley with 14 points each. The Mustangs took a 15-6 first quarter as the two time state tournament finalist which won South Carolina's title in 2015 looked determined to follow Tuesday's win at Airport with another region win on the road Friday.

Aiken's Kevin Williamson tries to beat Midland Valley's Taylor Wade.

Wade buried his first three pointer and subsequently drew a charge against Young, his former Midland Valley teammate who transferred to Aiken after last school year, on two of the game's early possessions.

Williamson, Young, Na'Zae Baltimore (6'4" sophomore), and Isaiah Odom (6'4" senior) helped Aiken get back into the game quickly with tough defense and a relentless attack on the offensive and defensive glass. The Hornets tied the game 30 seconds before halftime, although Wade made a three with time running out in the second quarter to give the Mustangs a 35-32 advantage at the break. Midland Valley scored the third quarter's first 4 points and led most of the way after that.

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