South Pointe withstood Rock Hill's late charge to send the game into overtime. Then the Stallions relied on Cory Kessler for a game-winning 3-pointer for the second consecutive game.
With the 62-61 win, South Pointe moved to 10-5 and 4-1 in Region 3-AAAA.
Rock Hill (4-8, 2-3) played its most inspired basketball of the season in front of a vocal home crowd.
Kessler's long ball from the corner with 16 seconds left in overtime erased a 61-59 deficit. During a timeout prior to the shot, South Pointe coach Dwayne Hartsoe drew up the play. It was similar to the play Jan. 4 when Kessler drained a 3-pointer to beat Clover.
"We wanted to run a high-ball screen and look to get the ball to Cory," Hartsoe said. "But Stephon saw him open in the corner early. Rock Hill didn't cover him and he hit the shot."
Rock Hill got the ball back with a chance to win. Sophomore Jatavious Stewart got the ball at the top of the key and drove hard down the lane. His shot bounced off the back iron. Mario McCullough tipped the ball off the glass from the right side. A wild scramble for the loose ball ensued as the horn sounded to end the game.
"I am tickled to death to see how these young guys played tonight," Rock Hill coach Bobby Stevens said. "They never quit playing. We had a shot to win it. We got the shot we wanted and it didn't fall.
"We played with great energy. The crowd got into it and that got our guys excited. They really played to the crowd. This game told me a lot about our kids."
South Pointe led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer by Stallions' senior Mike Douglas made it 44-36 with 5:18 remaining in regulation.
McCullough scored on a turnaround jumper and Gerius Jones scored inside to close the gap to three at 46-43.
McCullough led Rock Hill with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
South Pointe's Stephon Gilmore made a pair of free throws, but Jones countered with another bucket from the paint.
Tre Erby scored on a drive to give the Stallions a 50-45 edge.
Then Stewart canned a 3-pointer from the right wing with 16.8 seconds left. Gilmore made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 51-48.
Stewart drilled another three, this one from the top of the key with five seconds left in regulation.
Stewart said the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the fourth quarter and the attempted game-winner in overtime were designed plays.
"I saw the defense was spread out," Stewart explained outside the locker room after the game regarding the final play of the game.
"I knew I had the left hand and was going to drive the lane. I thought I had it."
Stewart finished with 14 points off the bench. Jones also scored 14 for the Bearcats.
Hartsoe said he was lucky to escape with the win.
"Rock Hill played really well. I knew we would be in for a dogfight. Rock Hill played well enough to win," Hartsoe said.
Gilmore led all scorers with 21 points. He added eight rebounds and four assists. Erby finished with 16 points despite a 2-for-12 performance from the free throw line.
South Pointe will travel to Fort Mill Friday for a showdown of the region's top two teams.