The Tigers were faced with a 8-0 deficit and head coach Louie Golden had seen enough calling an immediate timeout with 4:28 to go in the 1st quarter. His tirade apparently stirred his young Tigers team as they managed to come back and tie the game at 10 to end the first quarter.
From there Robbie Dreher caught fire nailing three consecutive three pointers in a row in the second quarter as the Tigers were well on their way. Dreher, a standout sophomore, scored 13 points in the first half. All-state selection Justine Edwards had 9 points in the first half of action for Goldlen's Tigers as they entered the locker room with a 31-19 lead as Edwards drained a three pointer as the buzzer sounded.
The second half was no better for the Bulldogs as Dreher, Edwards, and Marlin Butler carried the load for the Tigers. Point guard Chris Rhodes also played a strong game breaking down the Bulldogs' press and blowing by defenders setting up easy baskets for his teammates.
The fourth quarter became the Chris Rhodes free throw clinic as the sophomore floor general knocked down 9 of 12 from the charity stripe. Rhodes finished with 14 points on the night but his ballhandling and game management abilities played just as vital importance to the Tigers' success. Robbie Dreher scored a game high 19 points while Justine Edwards added 13 for Southside.
The Newberry cause was lead by guard Antonio Tribble who scored 10 points. Mike Miller and Rishawn Harmon also chipped in 8 points each for the coach Chad Cary's Bulldogs.
The Tigers will next face the winner of the Cheraw-Lee Central Lower State Championship battle for the AA state crown. SCPrepNation.com will be there to bring you all the details.
Southside PG Chris Rhodes was our pick for Player of the Game