The Gaffney boys’ comfortable eight-point halftime lead disappeared in a matter of minutes early in the third quarter Thursday night as the Indians suddenly found themselves trailing Rock Hill by four after a quick 12-point run by the Bearcats.
The Indians, led by star L.J. Peak, rallied to earn a 70-61 win over Rock Hill and advance to play at T.L. Hanna on Saturday night.
Gaffney outscored Rock Hill 21-7 in the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as eight in the third period.
“It was a lot of motivation knowing last year that we lost to Rock Hill in the first round. We just wanted to play our best and not let that happen this year,” Gaffney guard Shaq Davidson said. “We never had a doubt that we could come back. We all just fought hard, worked together and pulled it out.”
Peak led the Indians with 29 points, including a couple of impressive dunks, but it was fellow senior Hyleck Foster who made clutch plays down the stretch.
The contest featured plenty of momentum swings as Rock Hill jumped out to a 21-16 first quarter lead but scored just five points in the second period and trailed by eight at the half.
Rock Hill controlled the third quarter and led by five entering the final period, but could not hold on as the Indians went on a 16-4 run to start the fourth.
Warren Vinson and Jordan McCraw led Rock Hill with 14 points each in the loss.
“I think the way we played speaks for itself, just a tremendous, tremendous effort on the floor tonight against a very good Gaffney team,” Rock Hill coach Eric Rollings said. “ I’m tremendously proud of our kids.”
Matt Connolly, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Great Falls 64, Blackville-Hilda 48: The Red Devils got a complete game and opened the Class A playoffs with a win over the Hawks in Great Falls.
The Red Devils, playing their third game in three nights, played solid defense, got some transition baskets, and jumped to a quick lead in the opening period with four 3-point goals.
Jamarcus Culp led the Red Devils’ attack with 19 points. Nigel Simpson followed with 15 and Mardre Dean added 14.
Simpson and Dean each had a pair of 3-point baskets in the first period to spearhead Great Falls’ quick start.
Great Falls advances to the second round on Saturday where they will face St. Joseph in Greenville at 7 p.m.
Great Falls 64, Blackville-Hilda 48
BLACKVILLE-HILDA 48 Juwan Jenkins 12, Montrel Issac 18, Karim Kinard 2, Barry Armstrong 10, Julian Jones 2, Willie Ferguson 3, Daquan Morrison 1.
GREAT FALLS 64 Nigel Simpson 15, Jamarcus Culp 19, Mardre Dean 14, O.B. Holmes 12, David Jeter 2, Chris Culp 2.
3-pointers: Blackville-Hilda 0, Great Falls 6 (Simpson 3, Dean 2, Holmes 1). Team fouls - Blackville-Hilda 12, Great Falls 14. Fouled out - None. Records: Great Falls 18-5
Fox Creek 55, Lewisville 28: The Predators topped the Lions in the opening round of the Class A playoffs in North Augusta.
The loss ended the season for Lewisville.
Fox Creek 55, Lewisville 28
LEWISVILLE 28 Jarrius Elder 5, Mike Hill 2, Cody Montgomery 7, Obbie Sarduy 6, Trey Keels 1, Drew Colvin 1, Tony Gaston 6.
FOX CREEK 55 Brandyn Quiller 11, Ikel El 8, Corrin Cannon 8, Marques Sumner 24, Andrew Crytzer 4.
3-pointers: Lewisville 3 (Sarduy 2, Monrgomery 1), Fox Creek 6 (Sumner 3, El 2, Cannon 1).
Records: Lewisville 4-20
Mauldin 54, South Pointe 51: The Mavericks defeated the Stallions in the Class AAAA playoffs in Mauldin.
Mauldin took a 14-13 lead after one period, and extended it to 31-20 at halftime. The Stallions rallied in the fourth period, outscoring Mauldin 18-9, but fell just short in the comeback attempt.
The loss ends the season for South Pointe with a 14-8 record.
Dreher 76, Chester 36: The Blue Devils defeated the Cyclones in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs in Columbia.
Wade Hampton 27, Lancaster 24: The Generals defeated the Bruins in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
The SC Baseball Coaches Association has released its preseason Top 10 Baseball polls for each classification.
1. Sumter, 2. Blythewood, 3. Lexington, 4. Dorman, 5. Mauldin, 6. West Ashley, 7. South Aiken, 8. Summerville, 9. Northwestern, T10. Wade Hampton, T10. Nation Ford.
1. A. C. Flora, 2. Greenville, 3. Wren, 4. Belton-Honea Path, 5. Airport, 6. Socastee, 7. Emerald, 8. Berkeley, 9. James Island, T10. Chester, T10. Blue Ridge.
1. Bishop England, 2. Chesnee, 3. Liberty, 4. Mid-Carolina, 5. Loris, 6. Waccamaw, 7. Dillon, 8. Ninety-Six, 9. Aynor, T10. Chesterfield, T10. Pelion.
1. St. Josephs, 2. Latta, 3. Fox Creek, 4. Lewisville, 5. Lake View, 6. Dixie, 7. Southside Christian, 8. East Clarendon, 9. Johnsonville, T10. McBee, T10. Lamar.