Rock Hill, again, used a third-quarter surge to down Clover and sweep the season series with Friday's 57-47 comeback victory.
The Bearcats' ice-cold offense in the first half allowed Clover to pull ahead 27-20 at the half.
The Blue Eagles jumped to an early 16-8 first-quarter lead before the Bearcats realized the game had started. RJ Phillips matched Rock Hill's first-quarter point total as he paced Clover with eight in the opener. He finished with 12 to lead the Blue Eagles.
"We just didn't come out ready to play, and I thought Clover did. They ran their offense and got comfortable," said Bearcats coach Bobby Stevens. "That's something we talked about; we didn't want them to get into a rhythm.
"We talked about it at halftime and changed some things defensively and got them out of their comfort zone."
The changes were very effective as the Bearcats defense tightened and held the Blue Eagles to only three field goals in the second half and allowed only five points in the third.
Rock Hill didn't seem as if it would break out of its slump until the Bearcats heated up behind the third-quarter spark provided by sophomores Jatavious Stewart and Colby Niven.
Stewart finished with a game-high 14 points, which included eight straight in the third quarter when he drilled back-to-back 3s and added a layup moments later.
Stevens says Stewart is a playmaker and feels like he can just about beat anybody. He single-handedly did just that during his two-minute onslaught late in the third.
Alex Robinson swished a 3-pointer, his only points on the night, from the right corner with 4:40 left in the third to tie the game at 27 and Niven's putback 48 seconds later put the Bearcats ahead and cleared the way for Stewart's run.
Rock Hill 8 12 18 19 -- 57
Clover 16 11 5 15 -- 47
• CHESTER 91, DREHER 63 -- In Chester, Cyclone guard Xavier Mayfield could feel it during warm-up drills.
"During the shootaround, I took a couple of jumpers and felt real good," Mayfield said. "I really began to feel it."
Even though not penciled in the starting lineup, Mayfield could still feel it after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter. His trip in the zone elevated the Cyclones to a convincing home victory over Dreher in a key Region 3-AAA contest between co-leaders in the standings.
Chester, which defeated Dreher on the road in the first meeting, now sits alone in first with a 7-1 record.
Mayfield's trip to the zone including six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points.
"When coach put me in, I nailed my first two jumpers. From then on, I just decided to let it go," Mayfield said. "After the second 3-pointer, I knew that I was having that kinda game."
Mayfield launched a deep 3-pointer, cutting the Dreher early lead to two, 13-11, before really going on a shooting tear. On the next four Cyclone possessions, Mayfield continued to let it fly from beyond the arc, swishing the next three attempts as Chester closed the quarter with 15 unanswered points for a 28-15 lead. The next two 3-point shots opened a 38-21 lead, and Jemarcus McClinton followed that with a thunderous dunk.
By the end of the first half, McClinton finished with 20 points to spark the Cyclones to a commanding 47-28 lead over Dreher, who entered the contest ranked ninth in the Class AAA state coaches poll.
Dreher did stage a slight rally, pulling within 14, 52-38, early in the third quarter. After McClinton netted a short jumper in the lane, McClinton sank two foul shots for a 20-point advantage, 60-40.
Kenneth Joyner converted an offensive rebound, pulling Dreher back to within 14. The Cyclones, however, put the game out of reach with 13 unanswered points for a 79-50 lead with 3:23 remaining.
Chester coach Jason Smith said that his players were really motivated against Dreher, once the top-ranked Class AAA team.
"We have been working hard with good senior leadership, and Dreher gave our players a little momentum by saying in an article how they were really going to beat us in our gymnasium. Our boys really took that to heart."
Jemarcus McClinton led the Cyclones with 29 points.
Dreher 15 13 16 19 -- 63
Chester 28 20 12 31 -- 91
Northwestern 14 8 14 15 -- 51
Lancaster 11 13 9 8 -- 41
Lewsiville 14 11 17 13 -- 55
Indian Land 8 10 4 13 -- 35
Great Falls 8 15 18 15 -- 56
Chesterfield 8 6 13 14 -- 41
WCCS 22 19 14 13 -- 68
Hickory Grove 16 30 24 21 -- 91
Hawthorne 5 7 12 5 -- 29
Trinity 17 17 17 12 -- 63
Blessed Hope 17 10 16 16 -- 59
New Covenant 17 23 18 28 -- 86