York boys pull away from Clover

YORK -- The pain of a dislocated finger, suffered late in the third quarter, was not enough to keep York foward OB Love from taking a jumper from beyond the 3-point arc with 2:10 remaining.

Love's jumper swished through the net during a 12-0 Cougar run, which provided enough momentum for a 59-54 home victory over Clover on Friday.

"My first thought was to drive and maybe dish off to a teammate," Love said about the jumper. "But I decided to take the jumper and put ice on this game. My finger was hurting real bad, but this is York versus Clover and I did not want to feel any pain."

Led by the torrid shooting of guard Chris Lindsay, Clover rallied from a 30-18 third-quarter deficit to claim a 38-36 lead with 53 seconds remaining before the end of the quarter.

Linday scored 17 points during that stretch, including four 3-pointers. But the fourth quarter was York's turn to get hot. The Cougars went on a 13-4 run and took the control of the contest, 53-44 with 2:00 remaining.

Clover made a late push, but York was able to convert from the free throw to preserve the hard-earned victory.

Clover 10 8 22 14 -- 54

York 17 10 9 23 -- 59

• GREAT FALLS 56, NORTH CENTRAL 53 -- In Kershaw, Andrew Jackson High School hosted the winner-take-all game that decided the Region 3-A title in favor of the Red Devils.

Great Falls got 17 points from Jeremy Simpson, and 19 from Desmar Anderson as the Red Devils used a third quarter surge to overcome a one point halftime deficit and claim the region title.

Great Falls will open the first round of the playoffs by hosting Ridge Spring-Monetta on Wednesday.

North Central 14 13 11 15 -- 53

Great Falls 9 17 15 15 -- 56

• LANCASTER 68, NATION FORD 62 (OT) -- In Fort Mill, heading into the season finale, little was expected in the matchup between Nation Ford and Lancaster. Entering the game, the teams combined for just two region wins. Despite their struggles, the game turned out to be one of the best of the year.

Nation Ford, playing its first season of varsity basketball, gave Lancaster a scare. The Falcons are made up of mostly sophomores and juniors, but came within a miniscule margin of pulling of the upset over the much more experienced and deeper Lancaster team.

Playing with passion and heart the whole way, the Falcons had a picture-perfect opportunity to win the game in regulation. With the game tied at 55, Lancaster missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Falcon forward Will Ford grabbed the rebound and immediately called a timeout with 21 seconds left.

The game turned into a chess match for the final seconds. Lancaster still had two fouls before allowing the Falcons into the bonus. Bruins Ron Trapps and Taniel Massey had perfect timing, forcing Nation Ford to take the ball out of bounds with 5.1 seconds left.

With no timeouts, Falcon coach Artie Moore called a play from the bench. The play worked nearly to perfection, as Nation Ford got the ball to top shooter Sam Hirsch for an open look from just outside the 3-point line.

Hirsch's attempt seemed more like a shot in a Hollywood film, with perfect rotation and arc. The crowd stood in silence waiting to see what happened, as the ball traveled halfway through the rim before bouncing out, forcing an extra four-minute session.

Lancaster took over from there. Its depth allowed fresher legs and quicker steps, and the Bruins came up with six quick points to create a working margin from which the Falcons could not recover.

Michael Catoe stepped in front of a pass and dribbled down court for an easy layup. On Nation Ford's next two possessions, Avery Harris came up with steals and went coast-to-coast, converting two quick baskets and all but sealing the win.

The Falcons never quit, even diving for loose balls with the game's outcome determined in the final seconds, a tribute to how well they played the entire game.

When all was said and done, Nation Ford had two players finish with more than 20 points. T.J. Everette finished with a game-high 26 while Hirsch had 21, but the remainder of the team had just 15.

Lancaster had four players finish in double figures, led by Harris and Trapp, who each had 13 points. Massey finished with 10 in his final game on the hardwood.

Lancaster 16 15 12 12 13 -- 68

Nation Ford 15 17 10 13 7 -- 62

Gaston Ch. 17 13 9 13 -- 52

WCCS 14 17 10 19 -- 60