FORT MILL — Trailing by three at halftime, the South Pointe boys came out trapping the ball from their opening defensive stance en route to a 78-56 win over the Yellow Jackets.
An 18-0 run to start the third quarter by the Stallions, who went from trailing 35-32 to leading 50-35, flipped the script.
Fort Mill struggled with turnovers as the Stallions came up with steals often, outscoring the Jackets 32-9 in the third quarter.
Fort Mill held its own with South Pointe early in the game. That was until the turnovers started taking affect in South Pointe’s favor as their quickness quickly emerged.
Both teams opened the second quarter trading baskets, as South Pointe struggled to get its offense to flow. Fort Mill tied it at 18-18 as Cory Wills went in for a lay-up with about 5:30 left in the first half. That basket started a 7-0 run for Fort Mill.
South Pointe struggled with its shot in the second quarter as Fort Mill’s Mitchell Johnsen led the way for the Jackets in the second quarter. The Stallions didn’t get the opportunities they were looking for and missed easy layups and were out rebounded by a hustling Jackets squad.
The Stallions’ Tyreece Brice kept South Pointe in the game in the second quarter with three helpful 3-pointers.
South Pointe 78, Fort Mill 56
South Pointe – Tyreece Brice 25, Montez McCullough 10, Anthony Johnson 9, Mustafia Love 8, Chris Frazier 5, Pete Bradham 5, Trayvon Hilton 2, Kevin Mobley 2, Jawauan King 2, Quay Brown 1. Fort Mill – Cory Wills 12, Jordan Struve 7, Mitchell Johnsen 5, Brandon Plyler 5, Tanner Mitchell 4, Matt Tillery 4, Paul Tillery 4, Adam Pehowski 4, Brandon Joseph 3, Liam O’Boyle 3, Grant Fry 2, Clay Helvey 2, Kedarian Jackson 1.
3-pointers: South Pointe 6 (Brice 4, Frazier, Mobley), Fort Mill 3 (O’ Boyle, Plyler, Struve). Team fouls: South Pointe 24, Fort Mill 23. Fouled out – None.
Records: South Pointe 13-4, 7-0 Region III-AAAA; Fort Mill 9-8, 4-3 Region III-AAAA.
Great Falls 42, McBee 36: The Red Devils took the lead for good early in the second quarter and held on to top host McBee in a Region 3-A contest.
Nigel Simpson led the Red Devils with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by Jamarcus Culp with 10.
McBee employed a slow-down game, but the Red Devils used a solid defensive effort to create turnovers. Great Falls made its free throws down the stretch to claim its second region victory.
Great Falls 42, McBee 36
Great Falls - Nigel Simpson 16, Jamarcus Culp 10, Mardre Dean 8, O.B. Holmes 4, Chris Culp 4. McBee - Quadarius Black 6, Jordan Fair 14, Donte Moore 4, Candler Linton 12.
3-pointers: Great Falls 1 (Simpson 1), McBee 2 (Linton 2). Team fouls - Great Falls 12, McBee 10. Fouled out -None.
Records: Great Falls 12-4, 2-1 in Region 3-A
Chester 68, Broome 61: The Cyclones used a pressing defense and claimed a win over host Broome in a Region 3-AAA game.
Chester led 22-11 after one period, but Broome adjusted and got back into the game before Chester pulled away at the end to pick up the important road victory.
Tommy Sanders and Malik Sanders led Chester with 17 points apiece. Quan Caldwell aided the offensive attack with 12 points.
Chester 68, Broome 61
Chester - John Gore 7, Shyheim Wilson 6, Tommy Sanders 17, Quan Caldwell 12, Terrance Rambert 6, Malik Williams 17, T. J. Chisholm 1, Denzel Marshall 2.
Broome - T. J. Mathis 6, Christian Thomas 6, Cory Collins 4, Chester Jones 4, Dez Anderson 4, Connor Bernard 16, Nate Mathis 2, Arbrey Jones 16, Cole Martin 3.
3-pointers: Chester 2 (Gore 1, Williams 1), Broome 3 (Collins 1, Bernard 1, Martin 1). Team fouls - Chester 15, Broome 12. Fouled out - Anderson (B).
Records: Chester 11-3, 3-1 in Region 3-AAA.
Northwestern 44, Nation Ford 37: The Trojans toppled the Falcons in Region 3-AAAA action at Northwestern.
Rock Hill 59, Clover 48: The Bearcats defeated the Blue Eagles in a Region 3-AAAA battle at Rock Hill.
Rock Hill led 35-28 at intermission.
Clover 52, Rock Hill 43: The Blue Eagles used a strong fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat the host Bearcats in a Region 3-AAAA game.
Rock Hill broke a 20-20 tie at halftime to take a 32-30 lead after three quarters. Clover outscored the Bearcats 22-11 in the fourth quarter to pick up the road region win.
Northwestern 47, Nation Ford 19: The Trojans topped the Falcons in a Region 3-AAAA contest at Northwestern.
Broome 73, Chester 56: Jada Wallace scored 46 points and led the Centurions to a win over the Cyclones in a Region 3-AAA battle at Broome.
JV Girls Basketball
Rock Hill 31, Clover
Compiled by Sam Copeland