Thursday, January 12, 2017

#10 Aiken hosts Midland Valley in Friday's AugBball Game of the Night

Aiken's Devon Young's former team, Midland Valley, will visit his new home Friday in region action.

AugBball Game of the Night

Midland Valley (6-9, 1-0) at #10 Aiken (13-4, 1-0)

SC Class AAAA, Region 4

Aiken quickly convinced me Tuesday in their region opening 74-59 win over rival South Aiken that the Hornets are for real. The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association was quicker to catch on, including #10 Aiken with #8 North Augusta in its weekly rankings:

Friday's visitor was the area's most successful team the past two seasons, a time in which Midland Valley earned a state title in 2015 and finished as the state's runner up last season. The Mustangs topped Airport 59-57 on the road Tuesday in their region opener. Taylor Wade, a key contributor during Midland Valley's championship runs, scored 20 in that game. Wade averages 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game this season.

SC Class AAAA, Region 4 Standings. Source

Although Wade is still lighting it up for the Mustangs, two key players  from the past championship runs have moved on. Daniel Carr, a freshman for NCAA Division II's third ranked Queens University (15-0, 9-0), has stayed in winning form as the former Mustang made the final two field goals to clinch a 103-101 overtime Queens win over SAC rival Lincoln Memorial Monday.

The other notable loss from last season's Midland Valley team was Devon Young, a 6'3" senior who is a force in the post now... at Aiken! Young scored 14 points, many in dominating fashion, in Tuesday's win over South Aiken:

The student section was on fire and the gym was jam packed for Aiken's home opener Tuesday. I think Friday will be the same. So stay tuned to @AugBball for highlights and updates from the Game of the Night!

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