Boys: Gaffney 63, South Pointe 46

Peak scores 30 to lead Gaffney over South Pointe

kevin.melton@shj.comDecember 13, 2013 

— Gaffney senior L.J. Peak scored a season low on Thursday night.

But it was still impressive.

The Georgetown signee netted 30 points to lead the Indians to a 63-46 victory against visiting South Pointe in a battle of top-five teams in Class AAAA.

Peak entered the game averaging 33.5 points per game. He got off to a quick start with two one-handed jams and a three-point play in the first half to help Gaffney (4-0) gain a 35-22 halftime lead.

“We practice to play good teams, so we just want to play hard,” Peak said. “We’re just playing Gaffney basketball. It’s not about me. It’s about my team. I’m just playing to make my team happy.”

The Indians stretched the lead out to 45-25 on a second three-point play by Peak with 4:07 left in the third quarter. They led 50-34 going into the final quarter.

South Pointe was without star player Anthony Johnson, who is preparing for the North-South all-star football game in Myrtle Beach. The Stallions were led by Mustafia Love with 13 points, while Tyreece Bruce added 10. Gabe Kirk chipped in with eight points.

“We missed some shots,” Stallions coach Melvin Watson said. “We had ample layups, free throws, we just could not score the basketball tonight. Along with that, we could not stop anybody.”

Girls

South Pointe 52, Gaffney 38: The Stallions got a collective team effort to pull away to the road win. Franquia Byers led the way with eight points, while Raven Byers, Cameron Davis and T’Kera Williams each netted seven. Breana Davis scored six points for South Pointe.

Gaffney was led by Ta’nia Cornwell with 15 points.

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