Thursday, November 29, 2012

Aiken vs Spring Valley: Live Blog

9:15 PM - Spring Valley 75, Aiken 60
Spring Valley has improved to 2-0 after beating the (SCBCA pre-season) 3rd ranked AAA team and the 10th ranked AAAA in the past 48 hours.  Tonight's win over Aiken High School was a team effort as sophomore standout PJ Dozier (13 points) found teammate Dominique Taylor (26 points) and others for easy baskets throughout the evening.

Aiken's Shawn Moore, who scored 31 points after opening the season with 37 in a win against Silver Bluff, was one of the few bright spots for the home team.

Watch Dozier, Taylor, and Moore in the full game highlights directly below.

8:35 PM - Spring Valley 36, Aiken 24
The video highlights below focus on Spring Valley's PJ Dozier and Aiken's Shawn Moore.

Dozier has shown why people love his game so much.  He mixes skill and smarts with great size (especially for a point guard) and makes his teammates better by creating off the dribble.  He has scored 7 first half points, and teammate Dominique Taylor, the recipient of a couple assists from Dozier, leads Spring Valley with 10 points.

Aiken's Shawn Moore, who scored 37 points in his team's opener, has scored 17 of Aiken's 24 first half points.  Stay tuned to see if Moore can get the help needed for Aiken to make a comeback.

8:15 PM - Spring Valley 30, Aiken 15
PJ Dozier is showing his wide range of skills early, and his Spring Valley team has taken a commanding 30-15 lead.  The video below shows Dozier finding teammates for open shots, scoring on an offensive outback, and getting to the basket for a score after a nice backdoor cut.

7:45 PM - Spring Valley at Aiken
It is a challenge to keep up with all of the prep basketball action in our slice of Georgia and South Carolina.  But when we found out hours ago that Spring Valley (Columbia, SC) was visiting Aiken High School this evening, we quickly got in place to watch and report on the action.

Spring Valley is led by 6'5" sophomore point guard PJ Dozier (featured in the video below).  Dozier has as much potential as any sophomore in the southeast.  He shoots and handles the ball very well, and the coach's son also has a great feel for the game.  And there is no telling how good he will be if all of that skill is one day married with the size of his father, Perry, who at 6'9" starred for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the late 1980's.

Aiken High School appears as good, and as well coached, as usual this season after defeating Silver Bluff in the opener Tuesday.  Aiken is South Carolina AAAA's 10th ranked team by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA).  And Tony Harrell's team benefited from 37 points by guard Shawn Moore in Tuesday's win.

Check back for updates throughout the evening from Aiken High School.

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