WILLOUGHBY–South pulled away late in the fourth quarter to secure a 51-44 win over visiting North on Friday.
The Rebels hustled for loose balls and got put-backs in crunch time.
“After the first quarter, they didn’t get much in transition the rest of the game,” said South coach Doug Barber. “The defense was fantastic, the rebounding was great, and then the seniors really stepped up.”
South got off to a quick 6-0 start and then, after a timeout by the Rangers, they came back to close out the first quarter on a 4-0 run that left them ahead at the end of the period, 12-9.
The Rebels stepped it up in the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 23-18 lead.
South got hot coming out of halftime and pushed their lead to 29-20. North’s stingy defense kept the Rangers within striking distance as they closed out the third on an 8-1 run, but trailed heading into the fourth, 34-30.
“It comes down to one play here or two plays there,” said North coach Matt Vespa. “It was fun, it would’ve been nice to make one or two more plays to close it out, but credit to South for doing just that.”
The Rangers pulled within two in the fourth quarter but South made plays down the stretch to seal their win.
“We came out good defensively, ” said North’s Sean Register, Jr. “We tried to double team them, but it didn’t work and they made their shots.”
Register led the Rangers with 15 points. Jaheim Turney added 11 and Kyle Randle finished with 10.
David McClain paced the Rebels with a game-high 25 points and Alvin Scales also scored in double figures with 14.
“We had to come into this game with more energy as well as defense to win this game,” McClain said.
South travels to Madison on Monday while North hosts St. Martin next week.