The Bluffton High School boys basketball team came into this week thinking it needed to win its final three regular-season games to clinch the Region 7-AAA championship. They found out Wednesday that wasn't the case.
All the Bobcats needed to clinch the region's top seed for the playoffs was a win Wednesday night in a non-region game against Hilton Head Prep, and they went out and did just that, rolling past the Dolphins, 85-42.
The victory gives Bluffton a better non-region record than challenger Lake Marion, so regardless of what happens Friday, the Bobcats have locked up the league's No. 1 postseason berth by virtue of that tiebreaker.
Using balanced scoring, the Bobcats made quick work of Hilton Head Prep. Bryson Bell led the Bobcats (19-2) with 12 points. Dimitri Lowry added 10, CJ Frazier scored nine, and Harlan Kendrick and Jeremy Scott each had eight points.
"We played really well from the get-go," Bluffton coach Brett Macy said.
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season Friday at Hilton Head Island High School and then host a Class 3-A first-round playoff game Tuesday against Socastee.
Shaun Topper led Hilton Head Prep with 13 points, and Charlie Wilmot had 10.