The York Cougars won't need practice at the free throw line over the weekend. They made enough from the charity stripe Friday night to hold off South Pointe 71-62 and move into a tie with the Stallions for third place in the Region 3-AAAA standings.
York went 29-for-43 from the line and moved to 7-3 in the region and 13-6 overall. The Cougars will play at second-place Northwestern (7-2) on Tuesday.
South Pointe (13-4 and 7-3) will play Tuesday at Clover.
York played much of the second half without leading scorer OB Love, who picked up his third foul with just over a minute to go in the third quarter.
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Love was whistled for his fourth foul 29 seconds into the final frame. He scored 12 points in the first half and finished with 14.
Love entered the game averaging more than 20 points per contest.
The officials were busy in this one. The teams combined for 86 free throws as 62 fouls were called in the game.
"That's a record as far as I know," York coach Kendall McCarter quipped after the game.
There could have been 162 fouls called. McCarter only cared about the win.
-- Karl Lyles
York 15 13 17 26 -- 71
South Pointe 7 17 8 30 -- 62
• CLOVER 69, LANCASTER 58 -- In Lancaster, Clover defeated Lancaster in a tight, physical game.
Clover (9-9, 3-7 Region 3-AAAA) led from the start thanks to good ball movement and poor shooting from the Bruins. The Blue Eagles also forced three turnovers in the first three minutes to jump in front 8-2.
Clover was led early by Aaron Miller, who had six points in the first quarter. The Bruins (8-10, 2-8), who were able to get going at the end of the first, cut the lead to 18-15 on an offensive rebound and putback from Ron Trapps.
The second quarter saw both teams go through scoring droughts, and as they did, the game became more physical. Chris Lindsey started to asert himself offensively for the Blue Eagles, scoring seven points to lead the team at halftime.
Clover 18 13 16 22 -- 69
Lancaster 15 14 7 22 -- 58
• CHESTER 68, EAU CLAIRE 66 (2OT) -- In Chester, guard Robert Chisholm had just enough left in the tank to sink a running jumper in the lane with 2.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift Chester past Eau Claire.
"I could not take another two minutes," Chisholm said. "I was really tired, so I guess I had to make that shot."
Usually a reserve guard, Chisholm was forced to play major minutes with the Cyclones' roster depleted. Starting point guard Gene McCaskill, who was taking his official football visit to Kentucky, was out, starting guard Tyrell Pendergrass was out with an illness and reserve forward Terrell Foote was on a football visit to Charleston Southern.
"It is a very big relief," Chester coach Jason Smith said. "People came off the bench and played real well. I consider this to be our biggest win of the year because we avenged our only loss in the region."
Eau Claire 14 6 16 16 8 6 -- 66
Chester 15 9 14 14 8 8 -- 68
North Central 7 15 17 25 -- 64
Great Falls 16 22 14 16 -- 68
Covenant Day 6 24 19 19 -- 68
WCCS 12 16 14 9 -- 51