Compiled by Sam Copeland
Friday nights boys basketball game at Northwestern was a tale of two zones, and the hosts ultimately won out. The Trojans shifted to a 1-3-1 zone defense in the second half against Lancaster and stymied the visiting Bruins for a 50-43 Region 3-AAAA win.
Weve been slowly putting it in, Northwestern coach Mike Gossett said about the disruptive defense. We get some long arms going, we get some things going our way. It worked for us tonight.
Lancaster held the hosts to just 15 points in the first half with a compact 2-3 zone, but behind its turnover-producing 1-3-1, Northwestern (8-11, 4-4) scored 35 in the second half while holding the Bruins to just 14 points during the same span.
Northwestern 50, Lancaster 43
Lancaster - Calvin Crawford 2, Deuce Dunlap 16, E. J. Patterson 3, Demarcus Montgomery 2, Shai McCain 5, Marquivious Hall 6, C. D. Pelham 9.
Northwestern - Rontavious McClure 11, LaThomas Long 16, Mustafia Love 2, Will Chitwood 3, Clenzo Ross 6, Manzi Hill 12.
3-pointers - Lancaster 3 (Dunlap 3), Northwestern 1 (Chitwood). Team fouls - Lancaster 21, Northwestern 12. Fouled out - McCain, Hall (L).
South Pointe 74, Clover 54
The Stallions did not need any artificial motivation for Friday nights matchup with the visiting Blue Eagles. Their guests 59-56 upset win Monday night over the first-place Rock Hill Bearcats was all the home team needed to get their attention.
South Pointe - Anthony Johnson 20, Tay Blake 13, Marveon Mobley 12, Chris Frazier 9, P. J. Heath 7, Justin Hart 6, Paul Gilchrist 4, Isaiah Rodney 3.
Clover - Ladarius Adams 14, Jevon Blake 10, Alex Thompson 10, R. J. Moore 9, Arnaldo Toro 6, Raekwon Armstrong 5, Taylor Hoover 4, Mark Cavanaugh 3, John Wilson 2.
3-pointers - South Pointe 7 (Blake 2, Frazier 2, Johnson 2, Mobley 1), Clover 1 (Cavanaugh 1). Team fouls - South Pointe 26, Clover 16. Fouled out - None. Technicals - Clover bench. Records: South Pointe 14-1, 7-1 in Region 3-AAAA; Clover 8-8, 2-6 in Region 3-AAAA.
York 65, Nation Ford 54
Coaches will often tell their team to feed the hot hand. Friday night Deshawn Andrews was the hot hand for the York Cougars. His 32 points propelled York to a victory over Nation Ford.
York did struggle at times with the Falcons inside duo of Carson Smith and Riley Hilton. Hilton had 18 and Smith had 14 for Nation Ford.
Andrews, however, was just too much for the Falcons. His 13 third quarter points helped York stretch its lead to as much as 14. Yorks defense was also strong as the Cougars held Nation Ford to 7 points in the second quarter.
York - DeShawn Andrews 32, Daurice Simpson 15, Neely 7, D. J. Simpson 5, Kaiyon Schrouder 6.
Nation Ford - Riley Hilton 18, Carson Smith 14, Desean McCain 6, Sergent 5, Nick Turner 2, Ben Sidebotham 6, Josh Causey 2, Hank Tuipulotu 1.
3-pointers - York 7 (Deshawn Andrews 4, Daurice Simpson 2, Tawauan Neely 1) Nation Ford 1 (Justin Sergent 1). Team fouls - York 15, Nation Ford 18. Fouled out - None.
Records: York 5-10, 2-5 in Region 3-AAAA, Nation Ford 7-10, 3-5 in Region 3-AAAA.
Chester 88, Woodruff 76
The Chester Cyclones got 35 points from Tommy Sanders and moved into sole possession of second place in the region.
The Cyclones stretched a one-point first quarter lead into a 42-26 halftime lead and were never threatened again.
Shyheim Wilson and Stepphon Woods added 13 points each for Chester as they improved to 4-1 in the region.
Chester - Tommy Sanders 35, Quan Caldwell 7, John Gore 10, Shyheim Wilson 13, Stepphon Woods 13, Jarrett Rambert 8, Shaq Hinton 5.
Woodruff - D. J. Mitchum 3, Brent Bone 22, Darious Faulkner 15, Brian Bailey 19, Brent Bailey 9, Ty Miller 4, Cooper Jordan 4.
3-pointers - Chester 5 (Sanders 2, Gore 2, Wilson 1), Woodruff 2 (Bone 1, Bailey 1). Team fouls - Chester 24, Woodruff 23. Fouled out - Moore (C) Bailey (W).
Records: Chester 9-7, 4-1 in Region 3-AAA.