WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central hosted the Columbia Capitols Tuesday night in region play. The Griffins, led by seniors Brandon Adams and Akyel Richmond, pulled out a late win after a roller coaster game.
The Griffins looked strong early on, jumping out to a 16-12 lead to end the opening quarter. Despite tough defense and fiercely contested shots, Columbia was able to score enough to stick around and would finish the first half with a 13-5 run to knot it up at 27.
The third quarter saw Columbia step up its tempo and defensive effort which gave the Griffins trouble scoring. The pressure led to the Capitols going on an 11-1 run early in the third.
Despite the Caps best efforts, however, the Griffins managed to rise above with a strong effort down the stretch and pull out the 51-49 victory.
Coach Devin Liferidge said he expected a solid effort from Columbia after a close first half.
“I knew they were going to come out and push the tempo a little bit. We challenged our kids at halftime,” he said.
While the Griffins answered the challenge, it took a little longer than Liferidge had hoped.
“That was probably a little more interesting than we would like, but we’ve been challenged enough this year that I wasn’t worried about our kids responding,” he said.
That confidence stems from having solid senior leadership.
With Brandon Adams averaging over 15 points per game and Akyel Richmond adding nearly seven rebounds a game, the seniors are leading by example and Liferidge was proud of their leadership.
“We’ve got seven seniors. Guys like Brandon Adams and Davon Peoples and Cam Roseberry, and PJ (Prentice Goode), I credit our seniors,” he said. “They really stepped up and I think we made enough plays against a quality team to get the win.”
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.