In one of only two close games at this year's Augusta Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, North Augusta defeated Richmond Academy 64-57.
The game, which took place at the Augusta State University PE/Athletic Complex, was highlighted by the stellar performance of North Augusta's Roosevelt Walker who shot 11-14 for 20 points and was 5-8 from the free-throw line He also made three shots from three-point land.
Richmond Academy had trouble most of the night from the 6-foot-4 senior. However, the Musketeers did open the first quarter with an 11-7 lead, but Walker took control of the game.
Richmond Academy trailed by five at the half and three going into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, the Musketeers had a chance to take the lead with three minutes left but turned the ball over. The Musketeers looked to Kenny Dukes to bring them back into the game. He poured in 18 points in a losing effort.
"We didn't do a good job getting inside," said North Augusta coach Ron McKie, adding that it was very important Walker have a good game. "He was key to the win."
The win gave McKie his 100th win of his career in his seventh season. The loss spoiled the debut of Robert Rhodes, Coach of Richmond Academy. Rhodes replaced legendary coach Don Brock this year.
The second of the close games occurred in a 60-51 victory for Westover over Towers.
Both teams ran the court well keeping the game close early. Towers lead at the end of the first by one point. However, Westover soon took over in the second to go ahead by nine at the half. It looked like Westover was going to run away with the game starting the third.
However, they went on a scoreless streak with four minutes and nine seconds left in the quarter. This allowed Towers to pull back within one point going into the final quarter.
The final quarter began with a strong start by Towers. Halfway into the quarter Towers was within three points. However, Westover stepped up and dominated the remaining time left by outscoring Towers 12-6.
"When every thing got tight we came through," said Westover coach Willie Boston. "They play well in close games."
In today's action, it will be Greenbrier vs. Clover at 1:30 p.m., Glenn Hills vs. Monroe at 3, Westover vs. Laney at 4:30, North Augusta vs. Josey at 6 and Richmond Academy vs. Towers at 7:30.