The Chester Cyclones used a pressing defense and a solid transition game and defeated the Woodruff Wolverines 85-67 in Region 3-AAA play at Woodruff.
The Cyclones raced to a 27-10 first quarter lead and never looked back as they improved its region record to 9-1. as region champions, the Cyclones will host a first round playoff game next week.
Malik Williams led the way for Chester with 15 points. Tommy Sanders added 13 and John Gore 12 for Chester.
Chester 85, Woodruff 67
Chester - John Gore 12, Shyheim Wilson 8, Tommy Sanders 13, Quan Caldwell 3, Jarrett Rembert 12, Malik Williams 15, T. J. Chisholm 2, Denzel Marshall 10, Josh Alley 10.
Woodruff - Austin Mayes 9, Blake Bone 21, Quay Phillips 9, Duke Ferguson 2, Reid Phillips 6, Cooper Jordan 3, Amare Bishop 5, Lane Stuck 2.
3-pointers: Chester 9 (Gore 2, Sanders 1, Williams 3, Alley 3), Woodruff (Mayes 1, Bone 3, Phillips 1). Team fouls - Chester 16, Woodruff 11. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 17-3, 9-1 in Region 3-AAA.
Rock Hill 54, Clover 47: A 14-3 run early in the fourth quarter put the Rock Hill Bearcats in control en route to a comeback win in a Region 3-AAAA contest against the Clover Blue Eagles at Clover.
Warren Vinson scored 19 to lead the Bearcats, getting a number of easy buckets in transition after Rock Hills defense turned over the hosts.
Vinson scored 30 in a losing effort last Friday night, and had another big game Monday night. He and Japree Perry scored 12 and Jamil Simpson added nine, all coming in the second half to help Eric Rollings team overturn Clovers 28-17 halftime lead. Bryce Allen led Clover with 20, including four 3-pointers in the losing effort.
Rock Hill 54, Clover 47
Rock Hill - Warren Vinson 19, Jamil Simpson 9, Jordan McCraw 8, Japree Perry 12, Tray McCrorey 2, Stephon Whitlock 2.
Clover - Alex Thompson 14, Bryce Allen 20, John Wilson 18, Ladarius Adams 3, R.J. Moore 2.
3-pointers: Rock Hill 3 (McCraw 2, Vinson 1), Clover 6 (Allen 4, Thompson 2). Team fouls - Rock Hill 10, Clover 11.
Records: Rock Hill 16-7, 9-4 in Region 3-AAAA; Clover 11-13, 4-9 in Region 3-AAAA.
Northwestern 50, Nation Ford 47: The Northwestern Trojans toppled the Nation Ford Falcons in Region 3-AAAA play.
South Pointe 73, Fort Mill 60: The South Pointe Stallions earned a win over the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets in a Region 3-AAAA contest.
Chester 34, Woodruff 27: The Chester Cyclones got 11 points from Deja Marshall and defeated the Woodruff Wolverines in Region 3-AAA action at Woodruff.
The Wolverines attempted a slow down game, but the Cyclones used some defensive pressure to force the tempo and pull out the big road victory.
The win improved Chester to 5-5 in the region. They finished third in the region.
Chester 34, Woodruff 27:
Chester - Britnee Stinson 5, StaKeria Sanders 5, Deja Marshall 11, TErica Sanders 7, Browniee McCrorey 6.
Woodruff - R. Foster 4, A. Fowler 2, T. George 2, A. Duncan 4, R. Beverly 6, A. Sims 1, J. Tiller 4, S. Simmons 4.
3-pointers: Chester 2 (Stinson 1, Marshall 1), Woodruff 0. Team fouls - Chester 16, Woodruff 16. Fouled out - Fowler (W).
Records: Chester 13-11, 5-5 Region 3-AAA.
Northwestern 60, Nation Ford 46: The Northwestern Trojans defeated the Nation Ford Falcons in a Region 3-AAAA contest.
The win improves Northwestern to 10-3 in the region.
Clover 42, Rock Hill 37: The Clover Blue Eagles came from behind in the final period and defeated the Rock Hill Bearcats in a Region 3-AAAA contest at Clover.
The Blue Eagles trailed 29-21 heading into the final period, but outscored the Bearcats 21-8 to claim the victory.
South Pointe 67, Fort Mill 36: The South Pointe Stallions claimed victory over the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets in Region 3-AAAA action.
The loss dropped Fort Mill to 17-7 overall.