Coach Dwayne Hartsoe's South Pointe Stallions played in the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic at West Ashley High School last week.
The Stallions went 1-2, beating Academic Magnet.
They lost to Porter-Gaud and Our Savior New American (N.Y.), which boasts two of the country's top players in 6-foot-6 junior forward Leek Leek and 7-5 senior center Ring Ayuel. Leek is being recruited by Syracuse, Georgetown and St. John's. According to Hartsoe, Ayuel came to America on a refugee boat last year and will require another year of high school to get his academics up to standards.
"The beat us 76-63 and they were huge,'' Hartsoe said. "Besides the 7-5 guy, they have a 6-11 freshman and they have a 7-2 player who didn't make the trip.
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"It was a six-, seven-point game in the final minutes and we had to foul. They made their foul shots, hit 19-of-25 for the game. It was a neat experience. Their team stayed at the same hotel as we did, and our kids got to interact with them.''
Hartsoe said playing in the tournament, especially against Our Savior, helped his team get ready for what lies ahead.
South Pointe's Stephon Gilmore, who had 24 points against Our Savior, scored 64 points in three games and was named to the all-tournament team.
The Stallions (8-4) return to action Wednesday in a Region 3-AAAA game at York.
• BOBCATS ARENA: Northwestern plays Nation Ford on Wednesday at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte.
Tickets are $20 and get you into the varsity girls, varsity boys and Chicago-Charlotte games.
The girls play at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at the Northwestern athletic office from 8-9 a.m. today and Wednesday. Call Bill Warren at (803) 372-8786 for more information.
• WRESTLING: The holiday tournaments are over and congratulations to Rock Hill, which won the Rebel Invitational Battle for the Belt wrestling tournament over the weekend at Byrnes.
The winner in each of the weight classes was awarded a championship belt instead of a trophy. Three brothers, Chad, Weston and Seth Beck, won titles.
Action heats up this week with four Region 3-AAAA matches Thursday. South Pointe hosts Clover, Lancaster's at Rock Hill, Fort Mill takes a short trip to Nation Ford and York hosts Northwestern.
The matches are tune-ups for one of the state's most prestigious tournaments, the Bearcat Invitational, Friday and Saturday at Rock Hill.