L.J. Peak wins battle vs Sindarius Thornwell

Gaffney versus Lancaster was the hottest ticket in the Upstate on Friday night. No. 2 ranked Lancaster visited the No. 8 ranked Indians and the matchup brought together the two top ranked players in the 2013 and 2014 classes in Lancaster's Sindarius Thornwell (2013) and L.J. Peak (2014). Peak and the Indians emerged victorious 72-56 before a packed house in Gaffney.

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Sindarius Thornwell Profile

The game between No. 2 ranked Lancaster and No. 8 Gaffney had a playoff type atmosphere surrounding it as two of the giants in AAAA took to the court in region play with Gaffney hosting. Friday night's game pitted Lancaster's Sindarius Thornwell against L.J. Peak and the Indians of Gaffney. The two prospects are respectively the #1 players in the state for their class and the result was a slugfest that saw Gaffney come out on top 72-56 in front of packed gym.

Gaffney coach Mark Huff applauded his team's effort after the win.

"It's a region game and that's what makes it so big, region wins are what we're after. I'm just glad to get this one and to beat a team of that quality makes it just a little more special."

The game went back and forth especially in the second half after Gaffney held a nine point lead at halftime. Lancaster came out firing on all cylinders to start the third period going on a 11-0 run to erase the halftime deficit.

Thornwell got into some foul trouble and picked up his fourth foul late in the third period. The 2013 prospect saw his night come to an end on a charging call and finished with 17 points in the loss.

Thornwell at times seemed to press the action but it's clear that he's got high level talent and easy to see why so many schools are taking a strong liking to him.

For the Indians L.J. Peak was the catalyst offensively pouring in a game high 21 points. Peak showed a little bit of everything in his arsenal by knocking down some long range jumpers, attacking the basket, and throwing down some impressive dunks.

The two stars had traded some remarks prior to the game on a social network and it carried over to the region game making for a highly contested game. Afterwards though things between the two standouts was cool as they squashed the war of the words and congratulated each other.

Expect to hear more from these two teams and prospects moving forward as they'll remain in the hunt to challenge for a state title in the AAAA ranks.

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