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Rebels turns in complete effort over Rock Creek

Rebels turns in complete effort over Rock Creek
Rebels turns in complete effort over Rock Creek
South Central’s Dylan Patterson scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Rebels’ 63-42 win over Rock Creek on (January 28), Here Patterson gets an easy layup after picking the pocket of a Rock Creek ball handler. Photo by George Browning
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]

South Central’s boys’ basketball team turned in a complete effort in a 63-42 win over visiting Rock Creek on Jan. 28.

“I was really happy with how we moved the ball and defended their penetration,” said South Central coach Greg Robinson. “We were able to change our defenses a lot and kept them off balance. This was one of the best games we’ve played all year.”

Rock Creek started the game by hitting its first four shots, two of which were three-point baskets, to build a 10-4 lead.

After the barrage of points, the Rebels went to work.

Lucas Stewart hit a shot, and Dylan Patterson got two steals that led to two easy baskets, the second with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter that tied the score at 10.

The Lions answered with four points to remain in front, but South Central continued the surge.

Stewart scored four more of his game-high 23 points, and Austin Tyree knocked down a three that put South Central up 17-14 heading into the second quarter.

Stewart continued to have the hot hand, scoring nine of the Rebels’ 14 points in the second quarter.

While the Rebels were rolling on offense, they were cranking up the pressure on defense. They held Rock Creek to just four field goals in the second quarter, allowing just eight points.

South Central’s three-point lead at the end of the first quarter grew to nine by halftime, 31-22.

In the second half, Rock Creek made a concentrated effort to keep the ball out of Stewart’s hand, but that opened the door for others to get going offensively. The Lions held Stewart to just five points in the third, but four other players got in the scoring column. One of those was Tyree, who hit two of his three 3-point shots in a stretch that saw the Rebels’ lead grow to 20, 47-27.

A two by Stewart and a conversion of an and-one opportunity by Wesley Wilson gave South Central its biggest lead, 25, with the score at 52-27, heading into the final period.

The Lions tried to make a rally, forcing several turnovers and going on a 7-0 run through the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.

A free throw by South Central’s Caden Cunningham and a three-pointer from Bryce Dixon settled the ship, and the Rebels cruised the rest of the way to the victory.

Even with the Lions focused on Stewart in the second half, Robinson said the junior did other things really well.

“I credit Lucas, because he recognized that is what Rock Creek was doing and he made the extra pass, which got the basketball to other guys and allowed them to do their thing,” Robinson said. “We have some guys who can shoot the ball. We got on a nice stretch there and got some threes.

“Lucas had a great first half and, even though he didn’t score very much, had a great second half because of his patience in waiting for things to happen,” he said.

Stewart may have been the work horse on offense, but Patterson was cleaning up in other areas. He finished the game with 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals.

“(Patterson) did a great job rebounding, and that’s what he has to do if we are going to be successful,” Robinson said. “Dylan always gives us a good effort every time out on that end of the floor.”

Tyree was South Central’s third-leading scorer with 11 points, and Wilson added seven.

The Rebels were back in action Saturday when they hosted the Clarksville Generals. South Central lost 65-51 despite another strong effort from Stewart, who poured in 21 points.

Patterson and Jordan Huda scored 10 points each.

Saturday’s game was the Coaches vs. Cancer game, and the school raised $800 for the American Cancer Society.

South Central will return to action tomorrow (Thursday) when the Rebels host Providence.

Rock Creek                   14    8     5   15 – 42

South Central                17   14   21   11 – 63

Rock Creek (3-14) – Ladarius Walls 10, Kevin Monkam-Meyer 9, Michael Sulzer 7, Ashton Mozee 8, Johnathon Browning 6, Jonathan Boggs 2.

South Central (7-9) – Lucas Stewart 23, Dylan Patterson 12, Austin Tyree 11, Wesley Wilson 7, Caden Cunningham 5, Bryce Dixon 3, Jordan Huda 2.

3-point goals – Rock Creek 3 (Wallace 2, Sulzer 1); South Central 6 (Tyree 3, Stewart 2, Dixon 1).