The Chester boys blew open a 59-all tie in the fourth quarter en route to a 92-76 blowout of No. 8 South Pointe on Tuesday night.
Sophomore Malik Williams dropped in six 3-pointers, part of his game-high 33 points, while senior Tommy Sanders added 23 for the Cyclones (7-7, 3-3 Region 3-3A). South Pointe (9-6, 5-1) is the team locally known for playing a relentless brand of transition basketball, but it caught an unwanted dose of its own medicine.
“We tried to wear them down,” said Chester coach Sebastian Hopkins. “We knew they were tired and I thought our kids’ intensity level got kind of high.”
The Cyclones broke open a tie game headed into the fourth quarter with a 17-4 run. Williams, Sanders and Demetric Hardin all scored in the lane during the burst, as South Pointe came up with too many empty offensive trips and couldn’t keep Chester ball-handlers out of the paint.
“I thought we weren’t crisp,” said South Pointe coach Melvin Watson. “It carried over from this week of practice. Practice wasn’t crisp and they weren’t as concentrated as they usually were. I thought this was a trap game.”
Williams’ three from straight on made it 76-63 to the hosts and had the fans going wild on the sidelines.
“The last three games he was in a slump,” said Hopkins, whose team had only beaten South Pointe once in the last seven meetings. “I’m glad to see him come out of that slump. He’s doing well.”
The state-ranked visitors started the brighter of the two sides. Marveon Mobley hit back-to-back threes and Dennis Brown made it three in a row to put South Pointe up 22-8 in the first quarter, but the home team closed the gap to just three (26-23) at the end of the first quarter.
South Pointe again stretched the lead in the second quarter, Mobley driving into the lane and kicking out to Quay Brown for a three, before Deshawn Davis fired a pass to Mobley for a transition layup and a 38-29 Stallions lead. Williams canned a 3 at the halftime buzzer but South Pointe still led 46-39.
Chester outplayed South Pointe by a smidge in the third but just seemed to have more legs in the fourth. As the shots fell for the Cyclones, they didn’t for South Pointe, which also missed 19 free throws.
Chester 92, South Pointe 72
South Pointe: Quay Brown 16, Pete Branham 8, Deshawn Davis 6, Josh Wilkes 4, Gabe Kirk 6, Shaheem Sanders 4, Derrick Kendrick 2, Marveon Mobley 17, Dennis Brown 13. Chester: Malik Williams 33, Tommy Sanders 23, Jon-Michael Sanders 9, Demetric Hardin 8, Q.T. Thompson 3, Ko Gregory 2, Justin Jackson 5, Devin Beaty 9.
Team fouls: South Pointe 28, Chester 27. Foul shooting: South Pointe 23-42, Chester 19-36. Fouled out: South Pointe none, Chester- Hardin, J. Sanders. 3-point shooting: South Pointe 6 (Mobley 2, Q. Brown 2, Branham 1, D. Brown 1), Chester 7 (Williams 6, Beaty 1).
Records: South Pointe 9-6, 5-1; Chester 7-7, 3-3
South Pointe 83, Chester 56: South Pointe freshman Kelly Foster scored 25 points in the Stallions’ win over Chester.
Foster, a defensively aggressive 5-foot-9 forward/guard who participated in the South Carolina Gamecocks prospect camp this past summer, scored 13 of her 25 points in the second quarter. She spurred a 12-0 run to start the second, scoring six points and assisting two other buckets during the spurt that saw the Stallions grow their lead to 29-12.
“She can transition from defense to offense really quick,” said South Pointe coach Stephanie Butler. “She had a few turnovers trying to make a play, but she’s really good in the open court.”
The same goes for most of the Stallions. They produced a barrage of steals, but Butler wasn’t happy her team missed 21 layups. And yes, her coaches count missed layups.
“Way too many missed layups,” said Butler, shaking her head.
South Pointe 83, Chester 56
South Pointe: Kelly Foster 25, Brieana Davis 8, Izzy Clark 13, T’Keia Williams 12, Sasha Barber 4, Cameron Davis 13, T’Kaja Williams 4. Chester: Porcelain Goldsborough 8, Zharia Killian 4, Stakeria Sanders 6, Deja Marshall 19, Alasha McCrorey 5, Browniee McCrorey 14.
Team fouls: South Pointe 18, Chester 14. Foul-shooting: South Pointe 9-14, Chester 11-20. 3-point shooting: South Pointe 1 (Foster), Chester 5 (Marshall 2, B. McCrorey 2, Goldsborough 1).
Records: South Pointe 14-3, 4-1 Region 3-3A; Chester 9-10, 3-3