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AC Flora Ranked Number One In AAAA Boys But Watch Out For Hard Charging Ridge View, Marlboro County

HSSR AAAA Boys Ranking

(As of 1-24-2020)

1. AC Flora

2. Ridge View

3. Wren

4.  Aiken

5.. Lower Richland

6. Marlboro County

7. Greenville

8. Myrtle Beach

9. Darlington

10. North Myrtle Beach


 AC Flora Ranked Number One In AAAA Boys But Watch Out For Hard Charging Ridge View, Marlboro County  

By Billy G. Baker


Moncks Corner—Having graduated 10 seniors off the back-to-back AAAA state champions at  Ridge View High from last season you might think the Blazers could not possibly compete for their third straight AAAA boy’s title in South Carolina with the finals scheduled for the USC Colonial Center in early March, but you do have to give it some thought.

The Blazers have won five games in a row and should win their region and get home court advantage in the playoffs. They won a 65-58 region game over Westwood on the 24th to go to 5-0 in the region. Richland Northeast is second in the region with a 4-1 record and the Blazers beat them 60-38 on the road a few weeks ago.   

Ridge View has played teams like Oak Hill Academy, Dorman, numerous out-of-state high- profile teams, and they lost to Gray Collegiate recently by a mere three points, 62-59. One should not count the 13-6 Blazers as they appear to be playing  their best basketball right now more in line with normalcy and not the Oak Hill semi-pro teams of the world.

USC signee Ja’Von Benson (6-8,220) and guard Cincere Scott are the only two starters back for Ridge View from last year’s team that dominated Wilson (65-52) in the finals. In that game Benson scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds while Scott also had 14 points and five rebounds. Tyler Rice has stepped up and played well for Ridge View as an under classmen lately. Sure, it takes more than three players to win a championship but look for Ridge View to make a deep playoff run under the tutelage of head coach Yerrick Stoneman.

After his second straight state title Coach Stoneman told the gathered media after the game, “Back-to-back titles means I have good players,” said Coach Stoneman. “It’s not necessary coaching. The players are out there putting the work in. We have great players in that senior class, not only on the court, or football field, but in the community as well.”

At the mid-point of the season Joshua Staley’s AC Flora Falcon team has enough fire power to sustain their current 18-2 record and make a serious run at the AAAA state championship. Patrick Iriel is averaging around 13.5 and points and 13 rebounds a game for the Falcons. Robert McCray is averaging right at 18 points and JB Moore is at 17 points. Looks like AC Flora can put up some offensive numbers with this trio on the floor.

Ridge View is second followed by Wren, Aiken, Lower Richland and number six Marlboro County is on a run with a 5-0 region record in a tough league. The remaining four teams are Greenville, Myrtle beach, Darlington and North Myrtle Beach.

“We have good depth and can go as deep as we need to,” said coach Troy Brace the head coach at Marlboro County. “We get a lot of contributions from all the guys. We are off to a good start, but we have to continue to grow and learn every game,” the coach said. “This team has a chance to do well if we can keep moving forward and not get satisfied with having early success.”

Senior Wesley Brown leads three Bulldog players scoring in double figures at 11.5 points per game. He adds nearly six rebounds per game.  Junior DreVeon Scott is scoring 10.4 points per game while adding 5.9 rebounds, and senior Ryan Dupree is scoring 10.2 points while leading the team in rebounding at 7.4 boards per game.

Marlboro County is a dark horse pick to advance deep in the AAAA playoffs.


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