FORT MILL — Trailing for most of the game, the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets opened the 2013-14 basketball season by ending the game against the Forestview Jaguars on a 8-4 run to win 57-53.
Fort Mill had a chance to tie the game at 44-44 to start the fourth quarter, but failed to convert as Forestview again went inside to keep the Jackets at bay.
Both teams struggled with turnovers to start the final period. Fort Mill regained the lead 47-46 on a Liam O’Boyle 3-pointer, but the Jaguars got it right back with a 3-pointer of their own from Ben Hinton.
Fort Mill would again get the lead off a Devan Thacker hoop to go up 51-49 with about two minutes left.
From there, the Jackets would extend the lead with the help of a basket from junior Brandon Plyler. Plyler would score 10 points in the game, behind only Thacker, who dropped in 13.
“We played fairly well early, and in the end we did enough to win,” said Fort Mill head coach Dwayne Hartsoe.
Forestview extended its 32-27 halftime lead to open the third quarter with a Nate Hinton 3-pointer.
Fort Mill tried to be more methodical, setting up good looks at the basket and drawing fouls when driving to the hoop during the third quarter.
The Jackets were also able to pressure more on defense getting turnovers as Thacker scored six of Fort Mill’s first eight points. Thacker scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, but Hartsoe said he needed more from the senior.
“He has to play that way all four quarters,” Hartsoe said.
Plyler tied the game at 37-37 with about four minutes left in the third quarter. The tie was short-lived, as Forestview went on a 5-0 run to regain the lead and force Fort Mill to respond.
Turnovers kept the Jackets alive in the third quarter as the Jaguars had about one a minute. Forestview had 27 turnovers for the game.
Senior Mike Scurlock hit a 3-pointer for Fort Mill to start the second quarter. Forestview was able to keep pace by beating the Jackets back in transition and out rebounding them offensively.
The Jaguars tied the game at 21-21 with about 4:15 left in the first half. Fort Mill allowed Forestview to get open uncontested drives to the basket, which either resulted in a score or a trip to the foul line.
Forestview would take a 27-26 lead as they went 5-6 from the foul line in the second quarter. Fort Mill struggled to get many shots off in the quarter, attempting just a dozen.
The Jaguars outscored Fort Mill 22-11 in the second quarter mostly because they beat them on the boards. Forestview shot 42 percent from the field in the second quarter.
The Jackets started hot going up 11-3 in the first quarter, but allowed Forestview to go on a 5-0 run, which resulted in a Fort Mill time out.
Both squads were sloppy with their ball handling as they combined for 11 turnovers in the first six minutes of the game.
Forestview had just eight players due to the North Carolina football playoffs still in full swing.
Fort Mill 57, Forestview 53
Forestview – Jon Dale 15, Nate Hinton 12, Ben Hinton 8, Jordan Diggs 7, Mark Smith 6, Hal Stowe 5. Fort Mill – Devan Thacker 13, Brandon Plyler 10, Liam O’Boyle 8, Jordan Struve 8, Mitchell Johnson 5, Mike Scurlock 3, Tanner Mitchell 3, Cory Wills 2, Matt Tillery 2, Paul Tillery 2, Clay Helvey 1.
3 – pointers: Fort Mill 5 (O’Boyle 2, Scurlock, Mitchell, Johnson), Forestview 4 (N. Hinton 2, B. Hinton, Dale). Team fouls: Fort Mill 16, Forestview 15. Fouled out: Ben Hinton (F).
Records: Forestview 0-2, Fort Mill 1-0.