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Redmen rally by St. Joseph, 64-50

The Rock Hill Redmen finally got what they wanted.

By taking control of the game’s tempo the Redmen were able to rally in the second half and beat the St. Joseph Flyers 64-50 Tuesday.

“They came out and took it right at us, but we settled down in the second quarter and got the pace we wanted,” said Rock Hill coach Bob Wilds.

Sam Cooke scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Redmen (6-9). Jeremy Blagg had 13 points and five assists. Will McCollister pulled down 14 rebounds and Trey Wilds added 9 points and 4 steals.

Tanner Riley scored 14 points while T.J. Young and Justin Mahlmeister had 10 each to lead the Flyers (4-10).

Six different players scored in the first quarter as Rock Hill took a 17-16 lead. Riley and Young combined for 12 points for the Flyers.

But Payton Blair got all 6 of his points in the second quarter to offset 8 points by Cooke and the Flyers came back to take a 36-33 lead at the break.

Blagg and Cook had 4 points each and the defense held the Flyers to 6 points as Rock Hill rallied to take a 48-42 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Cooke scored 9 more points in the fourth quarter as the Redmen began to pull away.

“That’s a hard place for us to play. We have a history of not playing well there and we didn’t play well early, but we played a better second half,” said coach Wilds.

Rock Hill 17 16 15 16 = 64

St. Joseph 16 20 6 8 = 50

ROCK HILL (6-9): Jeremy Blagg 6 0 1-3 13, Will McCollister 2 0 1-1 5, Shane Russell 1 0 1-1 3, Ryan Albright 2 0 0-0 4, Devin Darby 0 1 0-0 3, Trey Wilds 2 1 2-2 9, Mitchell Patterson 1 0 0-0 2, Andy Knipp 1 0 0-0 2, Sam Cooke 10 0 3-9 23. Totals: 27-51 8-16 64. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: None. 3-point goals: 2-10. Rebounds: 34 (McCollister 14, Cooke 9). Assists: 12 (Blagg 5). Steals: 13 (Wilds 4). Turnovers: 11.

ST. JOSEPH (4-10): Payton Blair 2 0 2-3 6, Cody Blackburn 0 0 0-2 0, Spencer Schwab 0 0 0-0 0, Anthony Whaley 0 1 1-2 4, Joseph Unger 3 0 0-0 6, Tanner Riley 2 3 1-4 14, Justin Mahlmeister 1 2 2-3 10, T.J. Young 2 1 3-5 10. Totals: 10 7 9-19 50. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Unger.