Strom Thurmond coach Bo Rouse wanted his team to do two things down the stretch against Evans: Don't quit and don't foul.
The Rebels listened, overcoming a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter and then holding on for a 48-47 win.
"There's one thing about these guys, they never quit," Rouse said. "That's one thing we instill in them all the time. Don't ever quit."
Strom Thurmond's win Dec. 13 avenged a previous loss earlier this season to Evans. The Rebels did so without leading scorer Jamal Stevens, who missed the game because of illness.