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Miller, South Pointe Stallions erase deficit to beat Fort Mill

South Pointe senior Manzey Miller's three-point play gave the Stallions a 56-53 win over Fort Mill to open Region IV-AAA play Monday night.

With the game tied at 53 with 10.5 seconds left, Miller drove the down the left side of the lane and got fouled in the process as the clock ticked down to a half-second.

Miller converted his free throw to give South Pointe its final lead of the night and to give the Stallions their first region win of the year.

"It was tough," said South Pointe coach Melvin Watson. "Coach (Dwayne) Hartsoe had his team prepared very well. The kids showed a lot of heart and overcame some adversity."

The match-up pitted the Stallions against their coach from last season in Hartsoe, who is in his first year with Fort Mill after spending six seasons at South Pointe.

Hartsoe said coming in that it was "just another game" and he had coached before against his former schools.

After the game however, Hartsoe wasn't happy with how his team played.

"Out seniors didn't make plays," he said. "We have to become tougher mentally and physically. They are a good defensive team, but we have got to handle the pressure."

Fort Mill carried a six-point lead into the fourth quarter at 44-38, but struggled throughout with turnovers, posting 18 in the game.

Miller scored 21 for South Pointe and led the Stallions on a fourth quarter charged that saw them keep pecking away at the Jackets' lead.

South Pointe opened the final period by pressing Fort Mill, and Miller tied the game at 47 with five minutes left.

From there, Fort Mill took a small three-point lead, but South Pointe didn't go away and took the lead at 51-50 with 1:46 left in the game.

It was back and forth for the remainder of the game, with each team taking the lead away from the other.

Fort Mill's Jon Brown, who led the Jackets with 18 points, tied the game at 53 after missing the first of two free throws with 10.5 seconds left.

The Jackets outshot South Pointe, but turnovers gave the Stallions the opportunities they needed to get the win.

In the fourth quarter, Fort Mill turned the ball over six times, as much as South Pointe did the entire game. The Stallions shot 50 percent from the field in the final period, while the Jackets struggled to take just six shots - making just one.

Miller scored eight of his 21 points in the final period and every time it seemed as if Fort Mill was going to pull away, Miller kept the Stallions in the game.

Fort Mill opened the game outscoring South Pointe 15-9 after the first quarter, but the two teams then matched each other in the second and third quarters nearly shot for shot as they would both score 13 and 16 points, respectively.

South Pointe 56,

Fort Mill 53

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South Pointe - Manzey Miller 21, Gerald Nabbritt 10, Jamil Simpson 9, P.J. Heath 8, Cody Blake 5, Tyreece Brice 2, Xavier Williams 1.

Fort Mill - Jon Brown 18, Matt Ferguson 6, Devan Thacker 6, Daequon Antoine 5, Daniel Barfield 4, Mark Courey 4, Kevin Woods 4, Riley McGillan 4, John Paris 2.

3-pointer - South Pointe 4 (Manzey Miller 2, Cody Blake 1, Jamil Simpson 1), Fort Mill 2 (Jon Brown 2). Team fouls - South Pointe 20, Fort Mill 11. Fouled out - None.

Records: South Pointe 5-8, 1-0 Region IV-AAA; Fort Mill 8-6, 0-1 Region IV-AAA.