The Beaufort High School boys basketball team was warned before Wednesday's Class 4-A playoff game at Orangeburg-Wilkinson to be wary of its opponents skill in transition.
But after a certain point, there was little the Eagles could do to slow the Bruins. Shots didn't fall for Beaufort High, and the Bruins made sure to limit the Eagles to one shot before taking off on the offensive end.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson ran away with a 68-43 victory to bump Beaufort High in the first round.
"We just couldn't put the ball in the basket," Beaufort High coach Bruce Beasley said. "We really could never get in the flow of the game offensively."
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Orangeburg-Wilkinson's Tashombe Riley scored 25 points and Refeno King poured in 24 to lead the Bruins. Tyrone Holmes scored 15 points and Jordan Broussard added 14 for Beaufort High, which finished 13-11 on the season.
The Eagles lost eight of their top 11 players from the previous season, but returned a wealth of seniors. Beaufort High will again suffer major losses, with three players from the current squad expected back.
The loss Wednesday wasn't the ideal finish. The two teams had played closer during a holiday tournament game at Burke, with the Bruins winning by two.
"Everybody was a little disappointed," Beasley said of his postgame locker room. "I told them sometimes it's like that in life. You're going to have good, bad and ugly times. You just have to cope with it and move on."