South Pointe coach Melvin Watson said he wanted to get a lot of his younger kids playing time going into the playoffs. Monday night offered him another opportunity to do just that as his Stallions led by double-digits from early on and defeated the Lancaster Bruins 78-64 at home to finish off a perfect Region 3-AAAA season.
The Stallions started the season ranked number two in the state and are back there now, behind only the defending champion Irmo Yellow Jackets, who narrowly escaped the Stallions last season. South Pointe, who will open with Byrnes in the playoffs, seems to be peaking but they are not looking ahead.
"I just worry about us," Watson said. "We still don't feel like we've put together a complete game but hopefully that's coming in the playoffs. I thought we had a good rhythm before the snow and now we are just trying to get that back again."
The Stallions pressed and turned the Bruins over repeatedly for easy buckets on the other end. Eight Stallions scored in the first period, eleven for the game. After back-to-back dunks by Anthony Johnson and Mustafia Love, the home team led 37-14 with 3:20 left in the first half. Tomahawk dunks by Nicholas McCloud and Tyreece Brice twice pushed South Pointe's advantage to 28 points in the third quarter. Chris Frazier and Anthony Johnson led South Pointe with 12 each on Senior Night and Brice had 11. Pete Bradham had nine for the deep Stallions squad.
"A lot of people weren't sure if we deserved a number two ranking but we felt we were. Come Thursday we will play our best players because we are competing for a state championship. But if we have foul trouble or injuries I feel good with our young players."
Keifon Cogdell had 21 for Lancaster and Deuce Dunlap had 19, including 10-of-14 from the line.
Watson is proud of how his team came together.
"We had guys coming back from last year's team that went to the third round and came so close," Watson said. "I think everybody was just eager to get started and see what the next step was going to be. I knew with the coaches in this conference that it was going to be tough. Getting Mustafia (Love) used to our system was a huge turning point in our season.
South Pointe 78 Lancaster 64
SP;24;17;24;13; - 78 LHS;6;14;21;23; - 64
Individual scoring: SP - Chris Frazier 12, Anthony Johnson 12, Tyreece Brice 11, Pete Bradham 9, Mustafia Love 9, Nicholas McCloud 4, Quay Brown 4, Marveon Mobley 7, Montez McCullough 6, Deshawn Davis 2, Trayvon Hinton 1. LHS - Keifon Cogdell 21, Deuce Dunlap 19, Quasheon McCarter 6, Tee Tinsley 5, Cameron Meadows 2, Nehemiah McGriff 2, Taron Heath 2, Lewis Johnson 2, Desmond Ricks 4.
Team fouls: SP - 29 LHS - 31.
Fouled out: Keonte Mack and Lewis Johnson (LHS).
Technicals: Zeek Rodney, Johnson, Gabe Kirk (SP), Mack (2) (LHS).
Records- SP: 21-4, 14-0 Region 3-AAAA; LHS 7-17, 1-12.