The best offense for Rock Hill on Tuesday was good defense.
That's what the Bearcats used to take control and eventually pull away from Nation Ford for a convincing 62-18 victory.
The Falcons played to par with the Bearcats in the first quarter, trailing by only one, 11-10. From that point, baskets came few and far between for Nation Ford, which was constantly frustrated with the Bearcats turning up the defensive intensity.
Rock Hill (2-4, 1-0 Region 3-AAAA) yielded only three points in the second quarter, two in the third and three more in the fourth.
Bearcats coach Bobby Stevens said the defense took control when reserves Jatavious Stewart and Dominique Cathcart provided sparks off the bench.
"The first two or three minutes, we did not meet or match Nation Ford's intensity," Stevens said. "We challenged our kids for them to respond to their challenge.
"We then put in kids off the bench and two of them, Jatavious Stewart and Dominique Cathcart, brought us plenty of intensity on defense. As a coach, I am not big on who actually starts, but instead on who produces."
While taking control defensively, Rock Hill's offense followed suit. Stewart scored on consecutive hoops and Jerious Jones netted two jumpers along with Tirelle Williams scoring in the paint for a 21-10 lead late in the second quarter.
Sam Hirsch drained a 3-pointer for the lone Nation Ford points in the quarter, but Mario McCullough ended the half with a jumper and inside hoop for a 25-13 Bearcats lead.
Rock Hill maintained momentum in the third by scoring 10 unanswered points for a 22-point advantage at 35-13. Nation Ford (0-5, 0-1) was unable to regroup and only saw the Bearcats' margin grow until ending with the 44-point victory.