Local Sports Journal

Reeths-Puffer used its outside threat and a strong performance at the free-throw line to down visiting Greenville 71-64.

The Rockets held Greenville scoreless in the last three minutes of play after trailing by four points.

“We did a much better job on help side defense in the fourth,” said first-year Reeths-Puffer coach David Ingles. “I’m pretty happy but defensively I’m not happy. We can’t give up so many points and expect to win.”

Reeths-Puffer led 39-33 at halftime and 56-53 after the third quarter and hit big free throws down the stretch. The Rockets made 12-of-14 from the line on the night.

Jalen Benton hit four of the Rockets nine 3-pointers finishing with 22 points, including seven fourth-quarter points and  a pair of free throws to ice the win.

Andrew Reinecke scored 17 points, including two 3-pointers while Quinzell Pinnell hit three from behind the arc. He finished with 13 points.

Marques Livers also made a big play in the fourth quarter with a blocked shot that turned into a fast break to tie the score at 64. Livers finished with eight points