The Rock Hill Bearcats used a 9-0 run spanning halftime to take the lead and defeat the York Cougars 79-74 Monday night in York.
The Bearcats put four players in double figures, led by 18 from Jamil Simpson and 17 from Jordan McCraw. Simpson had four 3-pointers and McCraw had three. Deshaw Andrews led the Cougars with 32 and Daurice Simpson had 27.
York led 17-13 after one quarter with Simpson scoring 13. The Cougars continued to lead through most of the half until Rock Hill scored the final five points to lead 33-32 at the break. Jamil Simpson stole the ball at half court with five seconds left and fed Warren Vinson who beat the buzzer with his lay-up to the give the Cats a lead they would never lose.
Andrews had 25 of his game-high total in the second half as the home team made a furious attempt to regain the lead. The Bearcats were only 13 of 24 from the charity stripe heading into the final frame but calmly stepped up and made them when it counted. McCraw sank two with under 20 seconds remaining after York had cut the lead to 76-73.
Individual scoring: RH - Jamil Simpson 18, Jordan McCraw 17, Stephon Whitlock 16, Warren Vinson 13, Japree Perry 8, Thailand Adams 7. YHS - Deshaw Andrews 32, Daurice Simpson 27, Bryson Stephenson 2, Tuwaun Neely 2, Shemar Wade 4, Taye McConnell 4, Josh McCoy 2, Ben Spratley 1.
Team fouls: RH 18; YHS 28
Rock Hill girls overcome York girls
The Rock Hill girl’s team went on a 19-0 run in the second period to erase a 17-5 deficit and held on from there for a 45-41 win Monday night in York over the Cougars.
The Bearcats hit three consecutive 3-pointers during the run to go from trailing 17-11 to leading 20-17. Asia Potts led Rock Hill with 18 points and the Cougars' Carrie Lancaster led all scorers with 21.