The South Pointe Stallions opened with a 35-point first-quarter barrage Friday against the Rock Hill Bearcats and survived a frantic rally to win 77-63 on Senior Night at Rock Hill.
The Stallions led 35-11 after one period behind 10 points each from Tyreece Brice and Anthony Johnson, but the Bearcats outscored them 15-4 in the second quarter to cut the lead to a more manageable 39-26 at halftime. Senior Warren Vinson scored eight in each of the first two quarters for 16 first-half points.
“Rock Hill got out of their zone (in the second quarter) and they went man-to-man,” South Pointe coach Melvin Watson said. “Being with our young guys I thought we settled for jump shots when we could’ve gotten to the cup. And they started getting points from the line.”
Jordan McCraw started the third period with a three-pointer and Rock Hill scored the first seven points of the period to cut the lead to 39-33 at the 6:16 mark, but South Pointe answered with five straight to stretch the margin to 44-33.
After the Bearcats cut the lead to 46-41 at the 2:54 mark, Chris Frazier went on a 6-0 run for the Stallions as part of an 11-2 run that ran into the final frame and gave them a 54-41 advantage.
“They cut it to three and we went small (third quarter),” Watson said. “We moved Mustafia to the five, AJ to the four, and went with three guards to try to speed the game back up. And we were able to get some easy baskets after they made their run. Our guys did a good job keeping their composure because the game of basketball is all about runs. My seniors did a good job of stabilizing and maintaining the lead.”
Rock Hill did not lie down, but the closest they got from there was 62-53 with 3:39 left after another three-pointer from McCraw, but South Pointe ran off six straight from there to stiff-arm the home team.
Brice led the Stallions with 20 points, Mustafia Love had 19, and Johnson tossed in 16. Vinson led all scorers with 30 for the Bearcats in his Senior Night performance. McCraw had 13 for Rock Hill.
South Pointe 77, Rock Hill 63
Individual scoring: SP - Tyreece Brice 20, Mustafia Love 19, Anthony Johnson 16, Nicholas McCloud 4, Gabe Kirk 2, Quay Brown 2, Marveon Mobley 4, Chris Frazier 8. RH - Warren Vinson 30, Jordan McCraw 13, Stephon Whitlock 5, Thailand Adams 1, Jamil Simpson 9, Tray McCrory 2, Lance Crayton 1, Japree Perry 2.
Team fouls: SP 21; RH 20. Technicals- Perry (RH).
Records- SP: 19-4, 12-0 Region 3-AAAA; RH: 15-7, 8-4