PEDRO, Ohio — It’s not always how you start but how you finish.
The Rock Hill boys basketball team came back from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat the visiting Tornadoes 52-49 Saturday night.
Southern (6-6) started the game strong with a 14-to-5 run over the first eight minutes. Rock Hill (3-9) out scored the Purple and Gold by three in the second period, cutting the lead to 28-22 at the half.
The Redmen made up another point in the third, out scoring SHS 11-to-10 in the period. Trailing by five points with eight minutes remaining RHHS went on a 19-to-11 run to take the three point victory in front of its home fans.
Southern’s scoring attack was led by Chandler Drummer with 13 points and Tristen Wolfe with 10. Adam Pape notched eight points, Taylor McNickle chipped in with six and Trenton Deem added five. Casey Pickens marked three points, while Hunter Johnson and Zac Beegle each finished with two, rounding out the Tornado offense.
The Purple and Gold shot 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the charity stripe. Pape, Deem and McNickle each hit one three pointer in the game.
The Redmen were led by Austin Collins with 18 points, Layden Delawder with 11 and Evan Morris with eight. Jacob Falls had seven points, John Jenkins had four, Joey Stidham marked three and Shane Harper rounded out the RHHS total with one point. Rock Hill was 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the free throw line, including 6-of-7 in the fourth period.
This is the lone matchup between Southern and Rock Hill this season and the Tornadoes finish the year 1-1 against Ohio Valley Conference opponents.