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Jones leads Rock Hill Bearcats past Fort Mill Yellow Jackets

The Rock Hill Bearcats cruised past the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets, winning 74-55 Friday night to improve to 13-1 on the season.

It got ugly quick as the Bearcats capitalized on eight first-quarter turnovers by Fort Mill and consistently beat the Yellow Jackets on the boards.

Rock Hill was led by Jamal Jones with 18 points.

"Fort Mill always has a great basketball tradition," said Bearcats coach Eric Rollings. "They have been the measuring stick for a while. We needed this type of atmosphere going into region play. Our kids stepped up. We knew (Fort Mill) would be ready."

Rock Hill went lights out, shooting 52 percent from the field. If there was a flaw in its game, it was the free-throw shooting, but that aspect never came into play.

The Bearcats seemed to improve as the game went along, but Fort Mill seemed too struggled throughout.

"We were just physically whipped by a better team," said Yellow Jackets coach Dwayne Hartsoe. "We have to put it behind us and move on. I think our kids will bounce back."

The contest was back and forth early on. Rock Hill opened the game on a 7-2 run, but Fort Mill quickly rallied to go ahead on the help of three 3-pointers by Jon Brown. Brown led all scorers with 21 points.

Fort Mill got into foul trouble early and put Rock Hill in the bonus rather quickly.

In the second quarter, Fort Mill started to fall behind as it didn't make its first basket until three minutes into the quarter. Rock Hill, on the other hand, dominated on the glass and was consistent in the paint as it went 9-for-13 shooting in the second quarter.

Despite the dominance by the Bearcats, Fort Mill kept itself in the game with the help of its reserves. The Yellow Jackets trailed by just 13 at the break.

However, Fort Mill didn't get the start it needed in the third quarter, as it missed its first five shots, and Rock Hill quickly improved its lead to 40-25.

Rock Hill again was too much on the boards and quickly moved that 15-point lead to 21 points at 55-34.

Fort Mill's free-throw shooting was the one thing that worked. It hit 21 of 25. In the third quarter, the Jackets hit just two shots from the field but went nine of 10 from the line.

Ironically, the fourth quarter was the best played quarter of the game for Fort Mill as it outscored the Bearcats 17-15. The Jackets again were nearly perfect from the line; they missed just two foul shots in the final quarter.

Rock Hill 74,

Fort Mill 55

Rock Hill

19

18

22

15

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74

Fort Mill

11

13

14

17

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55

Rock Hill - Jamal Jones 18, Jaylen Reid 17, Eric Robinson 10, Eduardo Minuci 8, Malik Crawford 4, Roderick Howell 4, Montez McCullough 4, Deonte Fleming 4, Jaleel Scott 3, Barry McManus 2.

Fort Mill - Jon Brown 21, Devan Thacker 7, Mark Courey 6, Daniel Barfield 6, Riley McGillan 5, Preston Jordan 5, Mike Scurlock 3, John Paris 2.

3-pointers - Rock Hill 5 (Jamal Jones 2, Eduardo Minuci 1, Jaylen Reid 1, Jaleel Scott 1), Fort Mill 6 (Jon Brown 3, Riley McGillan 1, Mike Scurlock 1, Devan Thacker 1). Team fouls - Rock Hill 20, Fort Mill 18. Fouled out - None.

Records: Rock Hill 13-1, Fort Mill 8-5.

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