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Pointers’ defense shuts down Manchester

SOUTH POINT — At this rate the South Point Pointers defense will never join AARP since the organization is only for 50 and above.

The Pointers’ defense held its sixth straight opponent to under 50 points as they beat the Manchester Greyhounds 61-48 Tuesday.

“We just defended well again,” said Pointers’ coach Chris Barnes. “We like playing in this mode. We want to play solid defense and aggressive on offense when we can.”

Barnes said guard Matt Button exemplified the defensive effort.

“Button had five straight defensive plays where he got a steal, tied them up or forced a turnover. Those are things that don’t show up in the boxscore,” said Barnes.

The Pointers are now 8-3 after their seventh straight win. Manchester fell to 6-6.

Blake Barnes had 24 points to lead South Point. Ethan Prater had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Blake Blevins scored 20 points for Manchester but only 5 in the second half.

South Point took a 14-12 first quarter lead as Blake Barnes scored 6 points. He had 6 more in the second quarter and it was 29-25 at the half.

The Pointers stretched their lead to 43-35 at the end of the third quarter. Blake Barnes and Tevin Mitchell scored 7 points each in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.

Manchester 12 13 10 13 = 48

South Point 14 15 14 18 = 61

MANCHESTER (6-6): Travis Combs 2 0 3-4 7, Dylan Ricketts 2 0 0-0 4, Blake Blevins 9 0 2-2 20, McKenzie Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Dylan Hanson 4 0 5-6 13, Dilan Edwards 0 0 1-2 1, Dawson Little 1 0 1-2 3. Totals: 18 0 12-16 48. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.

SOUTH POINT (8-3): Tevin Mitchell 2 1 0-0 7, Matt Button 1 0 0-0 2, Blake Barnes 5 3 5-6 24, Kyle Winkler 0 1 0-0 3, Jordan Bruton 0 0 1-2 1, Ethan Prater 6 0 3-3 15, Cody Taylor 1 0 0-0 2, Greg Taylor 4 0 0-0 8. Totals: 19 5 9-11 61. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.