The Matchup: No. 12 Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.) vs. Ben Lippen School (Columbia, S.C.) at 7:30 p.m. ET
Hammond School player(s) to watch: North Carolina-bound senior shooting guard Seventh Woods has spent practically his entire career in the national spotlight, and his senior year is no different. He’s lived up to expectations thus far, with the superb scorer receiving solid contributions from power forward and Charleston signee Chevez Goodwin, and senior forward Michael Turner. Woods does the damage from the perimeter and on the bounce in the lane, while Goodwin and Turner have proven more than capable at cleaning up on the interior.
Ben Lippen School player(s) to watch: Senior guard Caleb Burnett is the heart and soul of the Ben Lippen offense, shifting between the point and shooting guard position depending on what his team needs. His scoring load is eased by backcourt mate Ryan McCray, who is still a sophomore but has shown a penchant to mix the big shot with deft assists from the point guard slot. Garrison Moore, a 6-foot-4 junior center is undersized but tough and dependable while fellow junior Seth Hester has emerged as a skilled swingman to pick up the slack as defenses adjust to Burnett and McCray.
What to expect: The Hammond Skyhawks have only lost once all year, but it came at the hands of crosstown rival Ben Lippen. Of course, that means that Hammond will be out for revenge, and Woods in particular will be ready to jump through hoops to ensure that his final matchup against Ben Lippen goes his way. Much of Lippen’s success in the first matchup came from its ability to matchup with Hammond star-on-star and hold its own, something which it will have to duplicate if it holds any hope of repeating the upset.