Stallions rally for victory
Fri. January 13, 2012 at 11:14 p.m. | By Tom Grady | StarNews Correspondent
North Brunswick's Ronald Roland takes a jumper in the final seconds of the Scorpions game against South Columbus on Friday. (Photo by Jeff Janowski)
LELAND | On a night that featured huge, fourth-quarter rallies in both varsity basketball games, the South Columbus boys team produced a late 16-0 run against North Brunswick on the way to a 55-52 win.
Pharoah McKever scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the final period and teammate Dashaun Daniels was 7-of-8 at the line down the stretch to pace the Stallions' rally.
McKever completed a double-double with 19 rebounds and Daniels finished with 11 points.
"We've been a fourth-quarter team all year and it showed again tonight," South Columbus coach Jordan McPherson said. "We never give up and our guys keep fighting hard and that's what they did tonight."
Jeremy Young led North Brunswick with 16 points and eight rebounds and Ronald Roland added 12.
The Scorpions (6-6, 3-2 Waccamaw) led 47-35 early in the final period. But the South Columbus come-back flipped the score to 51-47 with under a minute to play.
The Stallions are now 3-7 overall and 1-4 in Waccamaw Conference play.
North Brunswick girls 34, South Columbus 30
North Brunswick trailed 29-19 early in the final quarter before reeling off a 15-1 run to close out the game.
Down by four with under two minutes left, North Brunswick's Nikayla Ramsey drove to the basket and scored off of a steal. She was fouled on the play but missed the free throw as teammate Katrina Brown rebounded the miss and sank the follow-up to tie the score at 30-30.
Brown's inside move on the next possession gave North Brunswick a 32-30 edge with 40 seconds remaining. Brown finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds.
Daja White paced the Scorpions with 13 points and Chelsey Long led the Stallions with 8.
The Scorpions, who improve to 3-2 in Waccamaw Conference play and 5-10 overall, tallied just 17 points over the first three quarters. They matched that figure in the final frame.
South Columbus (2-3, 5-4) used a 12-0 run through the latter stages of the third quarter to build a 25-15 lead.