CLOVER — The Northwestern Trojans defeated the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes 65-54 to win the Clover Optimist Basketball Tournament boys’ championship Friday at Clover High School.
The Trojans bolted to a 20-5 lead after one period, but Dutch Fork closed it to 30-29 at halftime. The two teams played even in the third period, before Northwestern opened a 57-52 lead with just less than three minutes to play.
It was then that Northwestern went to a control game. They made it work as they cashed in their free throws down the stretch and won for the third time in the tournament. Clenzo Ross, who scored 17 in the first half, led the way with 26 points. Jereginald Feely and Will Chitwood added seven each for the Trojans. Christian Mills led Dutch Fork with 17.
The Clover Blue Eagles won their third game of the tournament against only one loss with a 42-29 victory over the Cuthbertson Cavaliers.
Clover trailed 18-17 at intermission but outscored Cuthbertson 11-4 in the third quarter to take a 29-21 and coasted on from there.
R. J. Moore led the Clover attack with 13 points. He was joined in double figures by Bryce Allen, who had a pair of 3-pointers, with 10.
Otherwise Friday, Fairfield Central defeated Broome 58-40, and Oakbrook Prep routed McBee 82-43.
In girls’ play, the Cuthbertson Cavaliers defeated the Olympic Trojans 65-49 to win the Blue Division championship.
The Cavaliers were led by a trio of players in double figures. Taylor Helms had 17 points, Mara Arnold added 15, and Morgan Carlson tossed in 13.
Cuthbertson joined Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Lancaster as division champions. Lancaster and Orangeburg-Wilkinson won their titles on Wednesday night, defeating Northwestern and Clover respectively.
The Ridge View Blazers won the consolation game in the Blue Division on Friday. The Blazers edged the Chester Cyclones 70-69 in three overtimes.
Cierra Goodwin led Ridge View with 24 points. Diamond Simpson topped Chester with 16.