Strong quarters help Rebels edge Eagles

Other scores Tuesday in the first round of the boys Region 3-AAA Tournament:

HEPHZIBAH 48, JOSEY 42

Hephzibah rallied from a huge early deficit by dominating the second and third quarters.

After Josey, the North's fourth seed, used three 3-pointers to go ahead by 14 points after one period, Hephzibah (11-11) outscored the Eagles 27-6 over the second and third quarters.

The Rebels kept Josey scoreless for the third period and were paced by Raphael Armenta's 22 points.

South No. 5 seed Hephzibah hit 11 of its 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to offset two 3-pointers from Josey's Kyle Doyle.

Doyle led the Eagles (10-16) with 17 points but couldn't ignite a late rally as Hephzibah held Josey to 22 total points in the final three quarters.

The Rebels next face Butler, the South's top seed, in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Thursday.

THOMSON 79, CROSS CREEK 59

Ronkeem Sallywhite scored 25 points to lead North No. 3 seed Thomson.

The Bulldogs (17-7) were already up double digits in the second quarter when Sallywhite made a steal and got the easy two-points with a layup. The basket pushed the Thomson advantage to 40-27 with about 90 seconds left in the opening half. The Bulldogs wound up leading 44-30 at halftime.

Thomson, which faces South No. 2 Washington County in the quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, maintained control of its lead and was aided by Jon Atkins and Mikel Paschel's combined 25 points.

Keven Myrick led the South's sixth-seeded Razorbacks with 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers, as Cross Creek trailed by 11 points after the first period.

Thomson eventually pushed its lead into the 20s as it scored at least 20 points in three quarters.

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