South Pointe put on a dunk-fest to provide enough highlights to fill an ESPN highlight reel Tuesday, giving the Stallions enough momentum for a 62-36 home victory over York.
The Stallions used their height advantage to tower above the rim on both ends of the court, bringing the crowd to their feet with seven dunks.
Center PJ Heath and forward Anthony Johnson threw down three dunks each; and during the closing minutes, reserve forward Marleek Reed got into the act with a rebound flush.
“Coach always tells us to use our size to our advantage since we are tall and long,” said Heath, who stands 6-foot-5. “But all we did tonight was to push the ball up court on our fast-break offense.
“We always want to hype each other up” with momentum-building dunks.
Johnson sparked the Stallions with a 14-0 surge during the first quarter with two dunks, putting South Pointe in control 21-10.
York, however, hung tough when forward Deshaw Andrews and guard Markel Castle closed the quarter on consecutive hoops and trailed 21-14.
Using two straight jumpers from Ben Spratley, the Cougars pulled to within three at 21-18 early in the second quarter. That, however, would be the closest York would get the remainder of the contest.
With guard Markel Simpson going to the bench with his third foul, South Pointe capitalized by forcing a series of turnovers to spark a 10-0 surge.
Tay Black capped the solid first half with a buzzer-beating 3-point jumper for a 34-20 lead at the half.
York was able to pull to within 11, 35-24, on a drive and hoop from Andrews.
But once again, the Stallions used solid defense to put together another scoring run to eventually build an 18-point advantage, 46-28, at the end of third quarter.
“South Pointe played well; coach (Melvin) Watson is doing a great job with that team,” York coach Larry Dixon said.
“However, we need to use this as a learning experience in that we need to keep our composure in big games like this. In terms of learning, a game like this was good for these guys.
“I felt like we did a good job of breaking the press, but once we broke the press, we did not do a good job of protecting the ball.”
Watson feels the first-quarter surge gave his team a good working margin and set the tone for the remainder of the contest.
“We were able to get on an early run and take an 18-10 lead,” Watson said. “York did a good job of bouncing back into the game, but we used the strategy of taking the ball out of their guards’ hands.
“We also used our bench to our advantage with our full-court pressure. Still, we missed too many layups and we have to do a much better job with defensive rebounding.”
The Stallions are 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in Region 3-AAAA action.
SOUTH POINTE 62, YORK 36
York — Markell Castle 8, Deshaw Andrews 16, Kaiyon Schrouder 4, Ben Spratley 8.
South Pointe — Tay Blake 6, PJ Heath 14, Devin Pearson 6, Cal Leslie 3, Tyreece Brice 7, Anthony Johnson 18, Marveon Mobley 3, Isaiah Rodney 4, Marleek Reed 2.
3-pointers — South Pointe 3 (Blake 1, Pearson 1, Leslie 1), York 2 (Castle 2). Team Fouls — York 13, South Pointe 12. Fouled out — None.
Records: South Pointe 7-0, 3-0 in Region 3-AAAA; York 4-3, 1-2.