The South Pointe boys pulled off a wild come-from-behind 53-49 win over the Rock Hill Bearcats by using a 17-2 run to close the game Friday night at South Pointe.
Marveon Mobley, fresh off a state championship with the football team, led all scorers with 25 points. None were bigger than his twisting, driving left-handed five-footer that rattled in with 59 seconds left for a 51-49 lead.
“Marveon is our only guy with experience,” South Pointe coach Melvin Watson said. “I’ve only had the football guys for three or four days. But we didn’t want them to have the last shot. Number three (McCraw) was really making some big shots for them.”
With 23.9 seconds left Rock Hill called timeout to set up a play. Jordan McCraw, who was white-hot all night, dribbled down the clock looking for a shot but was smothered by multiple defenders and eventually turned the ball over with 5.9 seconds left. Dennis Brown hit two free throws on the other end to seal it.
The Bearcats led 47-37 with five minutes left before the final flurry began. Mobley started with a hoop and the harm and then Pete Branham hit a left corner three to cut it to four with 3:54 left. Mobley scored another basket and got another and-1 to tie it with 3:03 left.
On Rock Hill’s next possession there was a wild scrum for the ball at mid-court and the ball was tapped towards the Stallions’ end. Gabe Kirk ran it down and was all by himself for a two-handed slam that made it 51-49 and turned the crowd on its ear, forcing a Bearcats timeout with 2:11 left. Lance Crayton hit two free throws for Rock Hill to tie it with 1:49 left and set up the dramatic finish.
McCraw hit a three in the fourth, one of his five, and then got fouled on a layup for another three-point play and a 45-37 lead with 6:00 to play. He led the Bearcats with 22 points. McCraw also had a pretty backdoor reverse layup at the halftime to buzzer to give then Bearcats a 24-19 lead and the momentum. Thailand Adams also had 12 for Rock Hill.
South Pointe 53 Rock Hill 49
Individual scoring - SP: Marveon Mobley 25, Pete Branham 8, Lamario Pendergrass 2, Gabe Kirk 4, Devion Williams 2, Derion Kendrick 2, Dennis Brown 10. RH: Jordan McCraw 22, Thailand Adams 12, Japree Perry 1, Andrew Barber 7, Lance Crayton 5, Daydrion Addison 2. Team fouls - SP: 17, RH: 16. Fouled out - Tay Brevard (RH).
Rock Hill came out smoking to start the game with a 10-4 lead. Anita Jones nailed a jumper to start the scoring and Madison Hendrix followed that with a three. The Stallions answered with a 12-0 run to lead 16-10 after one period. Hall drilled back-to-back threes to start that run, and she had eight in the quarter.
The Bearcats opened the second quarter the same way they did the first. The visitors scored the first six points in 1:05 to tie the game at 16-all.
South Pointe immediately answered with six of its own to go back up 22-16. The Stallions finished the half on an 8-0 spurt, punctuated by a three from Izzy Clark, to lead 37-26. South Pointe hit six 3-pointers and Rock Hill seven for the game. The Bearcats had an 8-0 run in the fourth and got as close as eight points three times, including 62-54 with 1:06 left. Hendrix had two threes and 12 points in the quarter. She also hit all six of her free throws in the quarter and led Rock Hill with 23 points. Kendall Lahr had ten for the Bearcats and several nice drives to the basket. T’Keia Williams also had 15 for the Stallions and Izzy Clark tallied 11.
South Pointe 69 Rock Hill 62
Individual scoring - SP: Denisha Hall 24, T’Keia Williams 15, Izzy Clark 11, Kelly Foster 6, Cameron Davis 4, T’Kaja Williams 1, Whitney Carter 2, Sasha Barber 2, Breana Davis 4. RH: Madison Hendrix 23, Kendall Lahr 10, Modesty Fobbs 6, Logan Jackson 2, Monique Stevenson 4, Tilandra Staton 8, Anita Jones 9. Team fouls - SP: 22, RH: 19. Fouled out - T’Keia Williams (SP).