A strong performance from senior Justin Williams, combined with a stellar night at the free throw line, helped the South Pike boys pick up a 47-35 win over St. Stanislaus to open the Class 4A playoffs on Tuesday night.

“We showed that we can be patient and can play a slowed down game,” South Pike head coach Hilton Harrell said. “We were able to do that and come away with the win.”

Williams finished with a game-high 20 points which included seven of his team’s 20 first-half points.

Harrell said a big defensive stand by the Eagles in the second quarter, holding the Rock-a-Chaws to just five points made the difference in the contest.

In addition to Williams’ big game, Devonte Isaac also turned in a double-digit scoring effort with 10 points. As a team, the Eagles made 19-of-26 free throws.

South Pike faces Forrest County in the second round on Saturday.

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