South Pointe held off a fourth-quarter charge from Northwestern to take a 50-39 non-region win Frudat. A large, vocal crowd was on hand for the game between two of Rock Hill's three high schools as the Stallions handed the Trojans their first loss of the season.
Tre Erby led the Stallions with 17 points. Cordarrelle Patterson scored 16 and provided plenty of highlights for Northwestern.
South Pointe (4-1) led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter. The Stallions scored eight straight points to take a 34-20 lead halfway through the third quarter.
Northwestern (4-1) chipped away at the deficit. Reserve guard Matt Wilson came off the bench to hit a jump shot. Patterson scored off a steal and Wilson canned a 3-pointer from the wing to cut the lead to 7.
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With three seconds left in the quarter, the Trojans got off an easy shot that Patterson tipped in at the buzzer.
Northwestern came out for the final quarter already revved up, but when Patterson dunked over Erby 30 seconds in, the intensity really picked up.
Patterson is lightning quick on the football field and seemingly quicker on a basketball court. He blocked a shot under the Stallions' basket, picked up the deflection and outran everyone down the floor. He drove to the right of the lane and rose over Erby, stretching with his right hand for the slam.
South Pointe coach Dwayne Hartsoe called a timeout.
Patterson came out of the break with another tip-in and the Stallions' lead was down to 36-33 with 7:11 remaining.
South Pointe is an experienced bunch and the Stallions regrouped.
Erby and point guard Diami Gilmore combined for 10 points in a 12-2 run to thwart the Trojans' comeback attempt.
Two free throws by Gilmore got things started. Then, in a 28-second span, a jumper from Erby followed by a steal and layup by Manzey Miller made it 42-33.
"Northwestern and (Patterson) made some big plays that gave them some momentum. We knew Northwestern would make a run. But we have a lot of guys who have played a lot of basketball," Hartsoe said.
Gilmore finished with 12 points and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Patterson had five blocks, seven rebounds and three steals in the game. He added another breakaway dunk late in the game. Labris Adams scored eight points, all in the first half, for Northwestern.
The Trojans will host the 10th annual Moody Invitational Basketball Tournament beginning today.
South Pointe's next game is scheduled for Dec. 29 in a holiday tournament hosted by Airport High School. The Stallions will play Newberry.
Hartsoe lost a key player earlier this week when sophomore Jadaveon Clowney broke his foot in practice. It is the second year in a row Clowney, a 6-5 post player, has been injured. He had surgery Friday.