CLOVER — Bailey Jackson knew the South Pointe Stallions would bring a potent offense to Blue Eagle Country last Friday, and his vision was right on the money.
South Pointe, one of the top teams in the Upstate and a legitimate contender for the 4A state championship, bolted to a 21-8 first-quarter lead and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game. The Stallions won the game 56-44.
“South Pointe is one of the top teams in the state and a state championship contender,” said Jackson after the game. “They are quick and fast.”
Jackson lauded the CHS boys for staying within striking distance for much of the game. The Stallions began the fourth quarter leading 46-29 and hoping to put the game away.
A pair of free throws by Ladarius Adams cut into the lead, but South Pointe answered, expanding the lead to 50-33 midway through the final quarter.
Clover’s Noah Lindsay went on a free throw shooting binge, and suddenly, the Blue Eagles were within 12 at 50-38. Later, Bryce Allen converted two technical free throws and South Pointe’s lead was 54-44.
The Stallions made the final basket for the 12-point win.
Alex Thompson paced the scoring for Clover with 9 points. Allen finished with 7 points and Adams had 6.
“I was proud of the effort,” said Jackson. “We cut the lead to 10 in the second half and had an opportunity to cut it to 8.”
With the region entering its stretch run, Jackson said there are opportunities. “We could go 5-1, 4-2 or 6-0,” he said. “You never know. As long as our kids are learning and giving great effort, I am happy.”
The Blue Eagles make the trek to Nation Ford Friday to battle the Falcons, with game time set for 8 p.m. The girls’ teams will get things started at 6:30 p.m.