York had to wait four extra minutes to pick up its seventh straight win.
But, it was worth it.
The No. 3-seeded Cougars held off No. 2 Dorman to pick up a 62-58 road win in overtime in the first round of the 4A upper state boys basketball playoffs on Thursday night. York will travel to No. 1 Hillcrest on Saturday.
Dorman (20-5) ran down the final 1:29 of regulation in a 51 all tie looking to knock down the game winner. However, York blocked J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s attempt to end it to send the game into overtime.
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The Cougars built a narrow 57-54 lead with 1:09 left, but Collin Hill drained a 3-pointer to tie it. Daurice Simpson then knocked down a basket to give York the lead for good. The Cavaliers had a chance at another tie with 16.4 seconds left, but a 3-point attempt was blocked. Following a missed Cougars’ free throw, Dorman had a last chance to tie it with six seconds to go but turned the ball over.
Ebasion Moore hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to seal the win for York with three seconds left.
York was led by Region 3-4A Player of the Year Deshaw Andrews with 32 points. Simpson also scored in double figures with 19 points.
“First I want to give (Dorman) Coach Thomas Ryan a lot of credit,” Cougars coach Michael Dalton, a former Gaffney assistant, said. “He’s got a great ballclub, and they’re always well-coached over here. Deshaw Andrews, I can’t say enough about that big rascal. He’s bought in for us. He’s been a leader on the court and getting guys to do what we ask them to do. As a second-year head coach, I owe a lot to that kid.”
Andrews said the win gives his team confidence going into Saturday’s game against the top-seeded Rams.
“The two blocks were the two biggest plays of the game,” he said. “That last one I was kind of shaky because I thought they were going to call a foul. I’m glad they didn’t because we were able to come out and win the game. We’re going to have to practice hard and give it all we’ve got on Saturday.”
Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Wade Hampton 74, Fort Mill 59: The Wade Hampton Generals built a 31-19 lead at halftime and toppled the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets in the opening round of the 4A playoffs at Greenville.
Corey Willis led Fort Mill in the loss with 13 points. Christian Sims added a dozen for the Yellow Jackets.
Travelers Rest 62, Chester 58: The Travelers Rest Devildogs defeated the Chester Cyclones in the opening round of the 3A playoffs at Travelers Rest.
The Cyclones were down 20-4 nine minutes into the game, and they trailed 34-18 when Travelers Rest’s Furman signee, Andrew Brown, scored 30 seconds into the third quarter. That's when Chester (9-8) came to life. Jon-Michael Sanders hit a 3-pointer, and the Cyclones outscored the Devildogs 23-9 the rest of the quarter and trailed 43-41 entering the fourth.
"I thought our defense was OK in the third and fourth quarters," said Chester coach Sebastian Hopkins, who attributed the slow start to bus lag from the long ride to the game. "I thought our shots started falling in the third and fourth quarters."
By then it was too late, though. Brown led Travelers Rest with 30 points and became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the playoff victory. Tommy Sanders, who scored 18 points, and Malik Williams, who scored 11, led the way for the Cyclones.
Lancaster 66, Greer 49: The undefeated and No. 1 Lancaster Bruins defeated the Greer Yellow Jackets in the opening round of the 3A playoffs at Lancaster.
The win for the Bruins sets up a second-round game at home on Friday night against the Lower Richland Diamond Hornets. Ronnie Robinson’s team, which was upset in the first round of the 4A state playoffs as a No. 1 seed last year, is now 23-0.
Spartanburg 64, Clover 46: The final score might suggest Spartanburg had an easy time in their 4A playoff opener against Clover at Spartanburg, but that wasn’t the case.
The Vikings (20-4) did build a 21-point lead in the second quarter, but couldn’t shake off the Blue Eagles (9-16) until after Clover had pulled within nine points in the fourth quarter.
Vikings coach Sharon Dillon was disappointed by the uneven performance.
“They need to learn how to keep their intensity up for four quarters,” Dillon said. “When we get up against better teams like we’re getting ready to meet up with, you can’t play like that.”
Junior Kionna Jeter scored 27 points and senior Ty Mayberry added 17 for Spartanburg, which went scoreless for the game’s first 2:19.
The Vikings bolted to a 34-13 lead late in the second quarter before Clover scored 11 straight points to pull within 10.
Spartanburg pushed the lead to 16 before Clover briefly got within 45-36 early in the fourth quarter. Jeter tossed in eight points and Mayberry chipped in six during the remainder of the game.
Clover coach Sherer Hopkins said Spartanburg created problems because it has weapons in addition to Jeter.
“She’s an awesome and amazing player,” Hopkins said. “She’s very talented and has a lot to offer. But I think her supporting cast is what kind of got her team going.”
Ryehia Robbins made four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the Blue Eagles.
Clover’s Hopkins saw some positives from her team, particularly during its rally in the second and third quarters.
“I thought we played well,” she said. “I thought we started out a little slow offensively. That’s attributed to Spartanburg, of course. But I thought our girls came back, battled and played hard until the end. I’m proud of them for that.”
Clover did a good job of challenging Spartanburg on the boards, getting a lot of rebounds.
“We focus on never giving up on a play; just keep going after it and try to get the put back, get the shot to fall,” Hopkins said. “It's a good group of young people and they do what I ask of them.”
Clover - Morneault 3, Mavrogian 2, Sanders 5, Edmunds 4, Ryehia Robbins 20, Wallace 5, Lipscomb 2, Carter 5.
Spartanburg - Ty Mayberry 17, Sarratt 2, Kionna Jeter 27, Mims 6, Sims 9, Williams 2, McClain 1.
3-point goals: Clover 5 (Sanders 1, Robbins 4), Spartanburg 4 (Jeter 4).
Records: Clover 9-16, Spartanburg 20-4
Rudy Jones, Spartanburg Herald
Dreher at South Pointe (3A boys), 6:30 p.m.
Lewisville at Southside Christian (1A boys), 7 p.m.
Strom Thurmond at Indian Land (2A girls), 6 p.m.
South Pointe at Dreher (3A girls), 6:30 p.m.
Rock Hill at SpringValley (4A girls), 7 p.m.
Lower Richland at Lancaster (3A girls), TBA
Indian Land at Strom Thurmond (2A boys), 5 p.m.
York at Hillcrest (4A boys), TBA
• Rosters for the North Carolina vs. South Carolina All-Star basketball games were released Wednesday, but no local players have been selected. The game will be played March 28 at Socastee in Myrtle Beach.
Boys: Karl Gamble, Jr. (A.C. Flora), Deion Holmes (Chesnee), Jaywaun Washington (Cross), Tevin Mack (Dreher), Tyler Hooker (Hillcrest), Malik Dunbar (Spring Valley), Andrew Brown (Travelers Rest), Jalen Williams (Wade Hampton), Matthew Pegram (Wando), Emarius Logan (White Knoll). Coaches: Greg Elliott (Summerville), Zeke Washington (Blythewood).
Girls: Taylor Petty (Dorman), Tianna Swearinger (Greenwood), Ke’Asia Jackson (Irmo), Dashanique Peterson (Kingstree), Shaunice Fulmore (Lake City), Jaleah Lasane (Mullins), Dejoria Howard (Orangeburg-Wilkinson), Jaquanna Murray (Orangeburg-Wilkinson), Nijah Davis (Sumter), Destinee Walker (West Florence). Coaches: Precious Caldwell (Richland Northeast), Lonnie Roberts, Jr. (Bluffton).
• The Myrtle Beach Sun-News reports that Rock Hill boys’ basketball coach Eric Rollings is one of three finalists for the athletics director job at Carolina Forest, near Myrtle Beach.
South View (N.C.) athletics director Tripp Satterwhite and LaSalle-Peru (Ill.) athletics director D’Wayne Bates are the other finalists that were chosen from a pool of 67 applicants. The Sun News says that the Horry County School District intends to present one of the candidates’ names at this coming Monday’s school board meeting for hiring.