Irmo holds off River Bluff in Top 10 boys’ basketball matchup
The Swamp at River Bluff High School was the host site Tuesday for a Top 10 matchup in Class 5A boys’ basketball.
The Gators and visiting defending Class 5A champion Irmo ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, in the preseason S.C. Basketball Coaches Association poll. Both teams were also coming off strong showings in Thanksgiving tournaments.
After trailing at halftime, the Yellow Jackets used a dominant third quarter and keys plays down the stretch for the 48-43 victory.
Trevez Caldwall had 16 points, four assists and four steals, and C.J. Washington added 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Irmo. Andrew Robinson also scored 16 points and J.T. Reeves added nine for River Bluff (3-1), who suffered its first loss of the season.
Three-point shooting enabled the Gators to take an early 8-3 lead. They would have a 23-19 advantage, but an 11-2 run to start the third quarter enabled Irmo to take 30-25 lead.
The Yellow Jackets (3-1) extended their lead as many as seven points. River Bluff rallied to within a basket twice, only to see Caldwell and Washington hit shots and free throws to keep the Gators at distance.
Irmo travels to undefeated Lexington Friday, while River Bluff travels to Greenwood Thursday.
Irmo 57, River Bluff 27
Ehrial Wagstaff scored 20 points and Madison Dopico added 12 as the Lady Yellow Jackets evened its record to 2-2 on the season.
Dom Heldreth had eight points to lead the Lady Gators.