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Lexington High School won the Modie Risher Memorial Classic on Friday after defeating May River, a team from Bluffton.

The eight-team tournament was played at Burke High School and included the Bulldogs, as well as two other local teams: Stall High and Baptist Hill.

Lexington defeated Baptist Hill on Wednesday on Day 1 of the tournament and took out Stall on Thursday in the semifinals. They beat May River 37-32 to capture the gold.

Stall’s loss pitted the Warriors against the Mervo High, a team out of Baltimore, in a fight for third place.

Stall lost a 65-53 nailbiter Friday but saw strong performances from key players. Romello Grant scored 15 points in the contest and Alonzo Jenkins had 13.

On the other end of the bracket, Baptist Hill and Burke played each other Friday in the seventh-place game.

Burke won 44-40 with the Bulldogs getting nine points each from Delonza Simmons and Deondre Taylor.

Baptist Hill point guard Richard Bailey scored 20 of the team’s 40 points, and forward Jaheim Mitchell scored 11.

The local teams played well, but it was Lexington that reigned supreme at the end of the three-day event. Burke’s athletic director, Wayne Alston, said it’s good for local players to see a team like Lexington because of how different the Wildcats play the game.

“They bring a different type of style that isn’t normally seen, and that helps increase the level of competition,” he said.

In the other game played Friday, White Knoll, another school from Lexington, was trounced by New Hampstead, a team from Savannah.

Overall, Alston said the tournament was a success. Named after former longtime coach and official Modie Risher, the tournament will hopefully grow and see more teams in the future, Alston said.

“We’re looking at some different things,” he said. “It’s become a staple in the community, so we want to make it better each year.”

Reach Derrek Asberry at 843-937-5517. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry

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