The South Pointe Stallions took a one-game lead in Region IV-AAA by beating Nation Ford 55-43 Tuesday night.
The teams were tied atop the region at 5-1 entering the game.
The Stallions were led by P.J. Heath in the first half and Anthony Johnson in the second to get the win. Heath scored 18 points, and Johnson scored 15 points, 13 in the second half.
"Anthony brings a lot of energy," said Stallions coach Melvin Watson. "He is a blue-collar type of guy. P.J. helps us a great deal. You know you are going to get something from P.J."
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South Pointe played keep away during the fourth quarter and used its speed and quickness all game to stay a step ahead of Nation Ford.
Backdoor cuts and inside looks carried the Stallions all game.
With an eight-point lead, South Pointe came out in the second half holding the ball early.
The Stallions started the third quarter on a 4-0 run to extend the score to 28-16.
Nation Ford missed its first seven shots and didn't score a field goal until 3:07 left in the third period.
By then the game was 31-20 and the Stallions were starting to pull away.
The Stallions' 2-3 zone stifled Nation Ford for most of the quarter as they continued to collapse on the Falcons.
The Falcons' Brandon Harris kept them in the game with a 3-pointer to make it 31-25. However, every time Nation Ford got close, the Stallions made another run. This time it was a 5-0 to get the lead back to 36-25 on fast-break points.
South Pointe also started the second quarter on a 6-0 run as Nation Ford struggled with its ball handling turning the ball over on its first two possessions.
Nation Ford got into foul trouble early, allowing the Stallions to get into the bonus with five minutes left in the second quarter.
Despite being ahead by just four, the Stallions clearly had the momentum going their way on a thunderous dunk by Johnson put the game at 16-12.
South Pointe seemed too quick for the Falcons at times as they consistently beat them down the court and outplayed them on the boards, frustrating Nation Ford.
The Falcons committed six second-quarter turnovers as South Pointe took a 24-16 lead at the half. South Pointe went 7-of-16 from the field in the second quarter and outscored Nation Ford 17-6 as the Falcons hit just two shots.
The Stallions didn't turn the ball over in the second quarter.
Both teams started dreadfully slow, scoring just four points in the first four minutes, all by Nation Ford.
Nation Ford went inside and fought off South Pointe's press to start the game as sophomore Riley Hilton for the Falcons got to the basket early and often. Hilton would lead Nation Ford with 11 points.
The Stallions finally scored with 2:40 left in the opening period.
South Pointe 55, Nation Ford 43
Nation Ford - Riley Hilton 11, Carson Smith 8, AJ Jackson 6, Brandon Harris 6, Ben Fountain 3, Chase Bollinger 3, Andrew Komornik 3, Kevin Stewart 2, Justin Sergent 1.
South Pointe - PJ Heath 18, Anthony Johnson 15, Cody Blake 6, Tyreece Brice 6, Xavier Williams 5, Isaiah Rodney 3, Isreal Lightener 2.
3-pointers - Nation Ford 4 (AJ Jackson 2, Brandon Harris 1, Ben Fountain 1), South Pointe 1 (Cody Blake).
Records: Nation Ford 14-7, 5-2 Region IV-AAA, South Pointe 9-9, 6-1 Region IV-AAA .