Boys Varsity Basketball · Gators Varsity Men’s Basketball Loses Close One to Spring Valley 55 – 54

55 Spring Valley High School
54 River Bluff High School
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2 17   8
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Western Night in the Gator Pit provided a shootout reminiscent of Wild West lore. The Gators and the Vikings seemed evenly matched throughout the game, with both teams going on a seesaw of runs and the score remaining fairly close for the duration.

In the fourth quarter, though, the Gators found themselves down eleven. An impressive comeback, though, earned them the lead, 51-50, with about a minute and a half to play. A Viking 3-pointer and 2 free throws gave the lead back to Spring Valley by 5. River Bluff countered with a 3-pointer of their own, inching to within 1, and quickly called a timeout to stop the clock and set up their defense. With 15 seconds left in regulation, Spring Valley had possession of the ball under River Bluff’s basket and the lead by one point. The Gators stole the inbound pass, however, and a frantic scene of shots soaring, passes flying, arms waving, and bodies diving ensued. After the dust settled, the Gators had not been able to convert on 3 winning shot attempts, and Spring Valley came away with the victory.

The heartbreaking loss will be short-lived, though, as River Bluff hosts perennial power Irmo for what should be another terrific Region 5-AAAAA match-up.

River Bluff 54

Terrill Windom 15
Spencer 2
Matthews 2
Gary 3
Trottier 1
J.T. Reeves 14
Robinson 7
Lawson Danley 10

Spring Valley 55

J. Smith 12
R. Williams 10
J. Williams 11
Elkins 6
Cohens 1
Roberson 6
Alicea 9