SUMTER — The Porter-Gaud and Northwood Academy boys basketball teams earned second-round playoff victories on Wednesday, each advancing to the SCISA Class AAAA state semifinals on Friday night.
Porter-Gaud improved to 23-3 on the season with a 60-41 win over Cardinal Newman, setting up a semifinal showdown with Heathwood Hall on Friday.
Sophomore Aaron Nesmith paced the Cyclones with 19 points while freshman Josiah James added 16 points. Sophomore center Jake Lanford chipped in 15 points for the Cyclones.
Porter-Gaud led from start to finish, opening up an 18-9 lead after one quarter and controlling the game to a 34-20 halftime advantage.
Cardinal Newman closed to within eight points during the third quarter before the Cyclones regained control and led, 46-35, after three periods.
Northwood Acad. 68, Pinewood Prep 59
Northwood Academy (20-10) advanced to the semi-finals with a 68-59 win over Lowcountry rival Pinewood Prep. The teams split during the regular season with the Chargers winning the biggest of the three-game series.
Freshman Jamaul Edmonson led Northwood with 15 points, with Charles Johnson adding 14 and Cameron Roberts scoring 13 points.
Pinewood Prep led, 38-31, at halftime and held a 42-41 lead heading into the final period. The Chargers pulled away in the fourth, using a 26-point outburst in the final quarter to seal the victory.
DeAngelo Knight paced the Panthers with 16 points while Tyler Garvin added 15 and Michael Wright scored 14.
Northwood Academy will play defending state champion Hammond on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Sumter Civic Center.