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Rock Hill Bearcats cruise past Spartanburg

In practice, the drill is called "One More."

That drill, according to Rock Hill forward Jaylen Reid, involves the Bearcats' players constantly passing and looking for the open man to take the open shot.

So in Tuesday's 80-67 victory, it was the concept where practice made perfect for the Bearcats, whose unselfish play produced an explosive offensive output against an athletic Spartanburg squad in Region 3-AAAA action at Rock Hill's gymnasium.

"It really works," said Reid, who finished with 21 points. "It teaches us to look for open shots.

"We always prepare in practice and knew that we had to win this one after being tied with Lancaster for second in the region."

Reid and forward Eduardo Minuci, who finished with 19 points, nailed three 3-pointers each, and J.J. Jones followed with 17 to pace a balanced Bearcats attack.

Bearcats coach Eric Rollins also reflected on the drill, but said that the unselfish play is the key to the team's current success of a 15-2 overall and 2-1 league mark.

"This is what we have been talking about throughout the season and that is team play," Rollins said. "We will take the shot if it is there; if there is a better shot, we are taught to give the ball up to get it. For us to win, we have to play that way."

Minuci's steal and layup gave the Bearcats a 39-30 lead at the half.

Deonte Fleming sank two free throws for a 46-34 lead midway through the third. Then, three consecutive possessions, which showcased the Bearcats' unselfish play, produced a 20-point lead.

The first began with a Minuci block on defense, then an outlet pass to Jones. He dribbled in the lane and found Reid for 3-pointer. On the next possession, Rock Hill capitalized on another turnover as Jones penetrated the defense and passed to Reid for a layup.

Then, Reid connected on another 3-pointer, which brought Bearcats fans to their feet with a 54-34 advantage.

Spartanburg did not go away, however, and managed to pull within 10, 64-54, with 4:31 remaining.

Rock Hill, however, maintained its poise and was able to connect on free-throw attempts down the stretch for the victory.

"Our guys played hard, but we gave up too many turnovers which they capitalized on, and we also missed too many free throws," Spartanburg coach Hal McManus said. "But give them credit; they shot the ball well."

The win kept the Bearcats in at least a tie for second with a 2-1 league mark. Spartanburg dropped to 1-2.

Rock Hill 80,

Spartanburg 67

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Rock Hill

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80

Spartanburg -Mike Faulhaber 12, Korri Dawkins 11, J.B. Kinard 1, Aaron Crawford 7, Adrian Kollack 4, Kian Lewis 11, Deonte Williams 2, Jaquille Oden 6, Desmond Stevenson 11.

Rock Hill -- Malik Crawford 4, Jamel Jones 17, Eric Robinson 2, Eduardo Minuci 19, Jaylen Reid 21, Dre Williams 6, Deonte Fleming 10.

3-pointers -- Spartanburg 3 (Dawkins 1, Crawford 1, Lewis 1), Rock Hill 7 (Jones 1, Reid 3, Mineri 3). Team fouls -- Spartanburg 21, Rock Hill 9. Fouled out -- None.

Records: Spartanburg 9-6, 1-2 in Region 3-AAAA; Rock Hill 15-2, 2-1.

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