2008-02-06 / Sports

Hillcrest dumps Indians

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Sports Editor larry@gaffneyledger.com

Gaffney's Robert Butler, shown driving to the basket earlier this season, scored 10 points in a regular-season ending loss at Hillcrest on Tuesday. Gaffney's Robert Butler, shown driving to the basket earlier this season, scored 10 points in a regular-season ending loss at Hillcrest on Tuesday. The Hillcrest Rams reminded Gaffney why they are region champions on Tuesday.

Steadman Short had 16 points and Corey Anderson added 13 to help the Rams beat the visiting Indians 68-50.

The Indians, who drop to 6- 6 in the region after losing five of their final six region matchups, need Dorman to beat Spartanburg on Friday to qualify for the playoffs. If the Cavs win on Friday, the Vikings and Indians would finish with 6-6 marks. But the Indians hold the tiebreaker edge over Spartanburg, which lost to Byrnes 61-56 on Tuesday.

"We need help now," Gaffney coach Mark Huff said. "It would come down to a tiebreaker on points since we split head to head."

Poor shooting plagued the Indians again on Tuesday. Gaffney made just six of its 30 field goal attempts in the first half. For the game, the Indians shot a season low 25 percent. In a loss to Mauldin on Friday, Gaffney shot 38 percent from the floor.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well," Huff said. "(Hillcrest's) big kids made us alter our shots. We missed a lot of close in shots. You have to be able to score and we aren't able to do that. Hillcrest is very athletic. We'd go up to shoot and they would block it. They must have had five or six blocks."

The Rams led by as many as 23 points in the second half before the Indians went on a spurt to cut the deficit to 12 with 2:30 left to play.

The Indians tried to stop the clock by sending the Rams to the foul line, but Hillcrest hit their free throws to seal the win.

The game was close throughout the early going. Leading 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, the Rams opened the second quarter on a run to lead 30-18 at the half. They increased their advantage to 50-29 at the end of three quarters.

Ty Dawkins had 11 points and Robert Butler and Eddie Jefferies also added 10 to lead the Indians.

Gaffney was expected to meet Blacksburg to close out the regular season on Friday, but Blacksburg High officials cancelled the matchup. OUT OF THEIR

OWN HANDS

¦ The Gaffney Indians need help to make the playoffs. Gaffney, which finished the region at 6-6 after losing five of their final six region games, need visiting Dorman to beat Spartanburg on Friday to make the playoffs.

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