ROCK HILL — The Rock Hill boys seemed to have their way with the visiting Fort Mill, cruising to a 67-44 basketball win on Tuesday.
Rock Hills Jaylen Reid hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter to put the Bearcats up 53-32.
Reid hit five 3-pointers for Rock Hill as it opened Region III-AAAA play with a win. Red led the team with 21 points.
We got on a run to start, said Bearcats coach Eric Rollings. Then we went flat. We talked about not going flat. We responded well and got on a run before the half. We did a better job intensity wise.
The Bearcats Nate Motley had 19 points in aiding Rock Hill.
Rock Hill dominated nearly every aspect of the game as it used its height and quickness. The Bearcats hit from beyond the arc and were able to penetrate the lane to get to the hoop as well. They also were nearly perfect from the foul line going 5-for-6.
Fort Mill struggled with turnovers and foul shooting, especially in the fourth quarter when it mattered the most. The Jackets made 5 of 10 in the final quarter and made 9 of 15 in the game.
They are a little more talented than we are, said Fort Mill coach Dwayne Hartsoe. We played the way we needed to for about three quarters, but we let things get away. Its a work in progress. (Rock Hill is) a talented team.
Fort Mill continued to struggle with turnovers to start the third quarter as Rock Hills big men used their height and quickness to continue to pull away from the Jackets.
Rock Hill went to a half-court press at times and although Fort Mill was able to break it, its shots werent falling. That allowed the Bearcats to get the ball on the rebound and quickly move it up the court as Motley and Warren Vinson put Rock Hill up 41-27, scoring in a hurried pace in transition.
Fort Mills offense struggled to get good looks having to deal with the Bearcats height.
Rock Hills long range jumpers are what kept the separation between the two teams. Motleys 3-pointer made it 19-15 shortly after the start of the second quarter. The Bearcats hit 10 threes in the game, five in each half.
Fort Mill had three quick turnovers in the first two and a half minutes of the second quarter and were able to make just one shot.
A Rylan Wells 3-pointer closed the gap for Fort Mill moments later and Matt Ferguson put the Jackets ahead on a jumper inside the lane with about three minutes left in the first half put them up 20-19.
However the lead was short lived as Rock Hill came right back on a 9-0 run to go up 28-20 as Motley outhustled Fort Mill for easy lay-ins and Reid continued to hit from downtown.
After a Fort Mill timeout to try and stop the momentum swing, the Bearcats continued their hot streak and went up 32-20 at the half scoring two more baskets, one a thunderous dunk by Roderick Howell.
Fort Mill shot just 30 percent in the second quarter, while the Bearcats were just under 50 percent going 6-for-13 from the field.
The Bearcats started the game 12-2 and was hitting on all cylinders from the start as they scored from inside and outside
Rock Hills Reid hit two 3-pointers to get the Bearcats moving out quickly.
On the other end of things, Fort Mills Harrison Lancaster kept the Jackets in the game scoring six of Fort Mills first eight points.
Fort Mill was able to go on a 11-0 run to take a 13-12 lead by beating Rock Hill back in transition and getting easy looks at the basket.
Rock Hill 67, Fort Mill 44
Fort Mill Harrison Lancaster 15, Rylan Wells 11, John Paris 8, Matt Ferguson 6, Breshon Simpson 2, Mike Scurlock 1, Devan Thacker 1. Rock Hill Jaylen Reid 21, Nate Motley 19, Roderick Howell 10, Warren Vinson 7, Stephon Whitlock 4, Aries Wise 3, Deonte Fleming 2, Jaleel Scott 1. 3-pointers: Fort Mill 3 (Wells 2, Lancaster 1), Rock Hill 9 (Reid 5, Motley 3, Vinson 1, Wise 1). Fouls: Fort Mill 11, Rock Hill 16.
Records: Fort Mill 2-3, Rock Hill 3-1.