SUMTER — Northwood Academy’s drive to a state title continued Wednesday as the Chargers knocked off Ben Lippen, 58-43, to advance to the semifinals of the SCISA AAA boys basketball playoffs.
The Chargers, now 23-8, will face the winner of Cardinal Newman and Wilson Hall on Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Sumter Civic Center.
Senior wing Tayvaughan Major paced Northwood with 18 points. Dayquan Ancrum added 15 and Jamal Edmonson chipped in 10 points.
Northwood led, 17-7, after one quarter and opened up a 33-24 lead at the half. Ben Lippen trimmed the advantage to six at 44-38 heading into the final period, but the Chargers clamped down defensively in the fourth, allowing only five points en route to the 15-point victory.
“Honestly, I didn’t think we played very well overall,” said Northwood coach Anthony Houston. “We had a pretty long layoff between the end of the regular season and today, and maybe that had something to do with it, but we certainly need to play better.
“We had some good spurts defensively, especially in the fourth quarter, and we were able to pull away. The stakes get even higher on Friday so we really need to get back to doing the things that enabled us to get to this point.”