Compiled by Sam Copeland
The Red Devils built an early first quarter lead and then held on down the stretch to claim a 63-57 region win over Lamar on Friday night.
Nigel Simpson led the way for the Red Devils with 22 points. He was joined in double figures by Tyjai Woodard with 14 and David Geter, who tossed in 10.
It was Geter’s driving layup with less than ten seconds remaining in the game that gave Great Falls a 63-57 lead, after Lamar had pulled to within four with 37 seconds remaining in the contest.
Great Falls evened its overall record at 6-6 with the victory, which was the 899th career win for head coach John Smith.
Great Falls 63, Lamar 57
Lamar - D. Cooper 12, H. Coaxum 4, M. Mack 2, A. Peoples 17, B. Wells 22.
Great Falls - Nigel Simpson 22, Mardre Dean 8, Tyjai Woodard 14, O. B. Holmes 2, David Geter 10, Chris Culp 7.
3-point goals - Lamar 5 (Peoples 1, Wells 4), Great Falls 10 (Simpson 6, Woodard 4). Team fouls - Lamar 6, Great Falls 9. Fouled out - None.
Records: Great Falls 6-6, 2-0 in Region 3-A.
Clover 42, York 35
The Blue Eagles climbed out of a deep hole after the first period and claimed a region win over York.
Arnaldo Thompson led the way for Clover as it erased a 12-4 first quarter deficit. Clover took the lead late in the third period and held on for the road win.
Daurice Simpson led York with 12 points.
Clover - Jevon Blake 4, Taylor Hoover 8, Bryce Allen 8, Alex Thompson 2, R. J. Moore 2, Alex Thompson 5, Arnaldo Torro 10, Ladarius Adams 5.
York - Markell Castle 8, Daurice Simpson 12, Deshaw Andrews 6, Tawaun Neely 5, Josh McCoy 2, Kaiyon Schrounder 2.
First Assembly 83, Westminster Catawba 56
Kriston Beasley scored 31 points and led First Assembly to a big win over the Indians in a Metro Athletic contest.
First Assembly led 48-24 at intermission and coasted on from there to pick up the victory.
First Assembly - Kriston Beasley 31, Stefan Frankie 19, Nate Catadore 7, Charles Minland 7, Allan Colvart 7, Peter Gusa 6, Bryan Murr 6
Westminster Catawba - A. J. Jackson 19, Brandon Laurencin 17, Devante Jackson 8, Casey Fink 5, Kyle Nyman 4, Luke Hamrick 3
3-point goals - First Assembly 9 (Cantadore 1, Colvart 1, Frankie 1, Murr 2, Beasley 4), Westminster Catawba 2 (Fink 1, Laurencin 1).
Records: Westminster Catawba 11-7.
South Pointe 70, Lancaster 56
South Pointe started strong and was able to build a lead as large as 25 points, but was forced to withstand a late Lancaster rally and hold on.
The Stallions exploded to a 24-8 first quarter lead, which gradually increased to 20, 42-22, at the half.
South Pointe netted the first five points of the third for a 47-22 lead, and at that point, the crowd began to chalk up the contest as another Stallions victory.
However, someone forgot to tell the Lancaster coaches and players. Led by guard Deuce Dunlap, the Bruins closed the third quarter on a 20-7 run and pulled to within 12, 54-42.
Dunlap, a junior guard, netted three deep jumpers from beyond the arc during that stretch.
“They did a good job of creating the tempo in their favor,” South Pointe coach Melvin Watson said. “They kicked the ball out to their shooter who made some big shots.
“We got a big lead and suddenly became too lackadaisical. By hitting those jumpers, that forced us out of our zone.”
Lancaster - Calvin Crawford 6, Deuce Dunlap 24, Jay Hood 2, Kavonta Strain 2, Demarcus Montgomery 3, Shai McCain 14, Marquavious Hall 3, Demarte Simpson 2.
South Pointe - Tay Blake 9, Justin Hart 4, Devin Pearson 7, Anthony Johnson 21, Marveon Mobley 14, Montez McCullough 9, Isiah Rodney 6.
3-point goals - Lancaster 7 (Dunlap 6, Crawford 1), South Pointe 1 (Johnson 1). Team fouls - Lancaster 17, South Pointe 17. Fouled out - Dunlap, CD Pelham (L), McCullough (SP).
Records: Lancaster 9-8, 1-5 in Region 3-AAAA; South Pointe 12-1, 5-1 in Region 3-AAAA.