The Gaffney boys used a 14-point run at the end of the first half and 33 points from Georgetown-bound L.J. Peak to defeat the Rock Hill Bearcats 76-65 in basketball Tuesday night in Rock Hill.
Rock Hill led 26-21 halfway through the second quarter despite having to go deep into their bench early in the game due to foul trouble. But the Indians led 35-26 at the half after the run in which four different Indians scored.
Ironically enough, for a game that started oddly with Bearcats guard Jordan McCraw shooting and making two technical free throws assessed to Peak for dunking in warm-ups, it was Rock Hill that was whistled for a plethora of fouls and the Indians who lived at the charity stripe in the first half. Rock Hill guard Warren Vinson and post-man Stephen Whitlock each picked up two fouls within the first three minutes of the game, and the Indians were in the one-and-one bonus with 3:00 remaining in the opening quarter. Both players had to become assistant coaches and watch from the bench for the majority of the first half.
It takes us away from what we are comfortable in when Warren picks up his two quick, Rock Hill coach Eric Rollings said. Same thing with Steph. But our bench came in, played well, took the lead and played a good first half. We just fouled too much. We didn't move our feet and the officials called it.
Japree Perry had nine first-quarter points and 13 for the game for the Bearcats, while Joel Reyes hit two big threes off the bench to put the home team up 24-18 early in the second period.
Its a process for this team, Rollings said. We lost ten guys from last year and we returned one starter.
Vinson wound up hitting five threes and scoring a team-high 21 points, all in the second half, but it was after Gaffney had the game in hand.
Gaffney 76, Rock Hill 65
Individual scoring - Rock Hill: Warren Vinson 21, Japree Perry 13, Lance Crayton 2, Jordan McCraw 10, Thailand Adams 2, Joel Reyes 6, Tray McCrorey 2, Jamil Simpson 7, Stephen Whitlock 2. Gaffney: L.J. Peak 33, Shaquille Davidson 2, Larry Phillips 2, Makel Noel 1, G.Q. Ellis 6, Jordan Destaffino 6, Jordan Shippy 9, Elmo Burris 6, Hasten Mullinax 10.
Team fouls - Rock Hill 26; Gaffney 16.
Technicals - Rock Hill bench, Gaffney bench.
Gaffney 50, Rock Hill 48 (OT): The Rock Hill girls missed 15 of 25 free throws and fell to the Gaffney Indians in overtime at Rock Hill.
It came down to free throws and missed opportunities, Rock Hill coach Keenan Orr said. Its about not beating ourselves. Free throws are the hardest thing to coach.
The Bearcats led for much of the game and had a chance to win it in regulation but Tilandra Statons 3-pointer missed before the buzzer. Gaffneys Adaisha Davis scored the deciding basket in close with 8.4 seconds left in overtime when the Indians beat the Bearcats press. Shalena Patterson got a good look for Rock Hill on the other end but it lipped out to end the game. The Bearcats missed five of six free throws in overtime. Asia Potts paced the Bearcats with 15 points.
Individual Scoring - Rock Hill: Asia Potts 15, Anita Jones 6, Tilandra Staton 5, Shalena Patterson 5, Monet Mackey 6, Trenen Cypress 1, Whitney Simpson 1, Kia Walls 3, Monique Stevenson 7. Gaffney: Tamica Bonner 8, Jameisha Foster 2, TaNia Cornwell 7, Ashley Sides 7, Alysha Linder 4, Kylee Ellis 2, Niya Goudelock 11, Adaisha Davis 6.
Team fouls - Rock Hill 23; Gaffney 18.