Northwestern pitched a third-quarter shutout, allowing the Trojans to build a big cushion and survive a late rally for a 47-35 victory over Rock Hill in the consolation finals of the Lindberg Moody Memorial Basketball Tournament.
Northwestern led 22-17 at the half and then put the defensive clamps on the Bearcats in the third quarter. The Trojans outscored the Bearcats 9-0 and built a 31-17 advantage.
The Bearcats' drought carried over into the fourth quarter until Jontavious Stewart connected with a 3-pointer with 6:19 remaining, cutting the deficit to 34-20.
Will King drilled a jumper for a 40-22 Trojans lead, but Rock Hill answered with a 10-2 spurt to pull within 10 with 2:41 remaining. Northwestern remained poised down the stretch by sinking 5-of-6 free throws.
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• LEWISVILLE 82, CHESTER 79 (OT) -- Lewisville used a 17-7 fourth-quarter surge to force overtime and got four clutch points from guard LaDarius Hinton to pull out a victory.
Chester led by 10 with 6:36 remaining, but Lewisville reeled off 13 unanswered points to grab a 74-71 lead. An inside hoop from Edward Thompson gave the Lions a 76-73 advantage, but Cyclones guard Jamaarcus McClinton drained a 3-pointer, which tied the score and forced overtime.
Donald Sims netted a free throw for a 77-76 Cyclones edge and Datrone Brice answered with an inside hoop for the Lions. Sims powered in two points to put Chester back on top but Hinton came up big with a jumper, and later added two free throws for the clinching points.
• NORTHWESTERN (JV) 80, WESTMINISTER CATAWBA 62 -- Matt Wilson and Kevin Keene combined for 27 points and four 3-pointers to spark Northwestern's JV team to a victory.
Wilson connected from downtown three times and Keene drained another as the Trojans dominated the second half after the game was tied at 37 at halftime. Northwestern out-scored Westminister 23-11 in the third to seize control, 60-48.
The Trojans used clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to put the game on ice.