Bluffton 64, Colleton County 49: Four players scored in double figures as the Bluffton High School boys basketball team picked up its first Region 8-AAAA win of the season Friday night against Colleton County, 64-49.
After the visitors jumped out to a 9-2 lead, the Bobcats (8-3 overall, 1-1 region) began to assert themselves. Bluffton used a combination of inside and outside play to pull away. The Bobcats hit eight 3-pointers in the game.
"I thought we did a really good job of attacking the rim," Bluffton coach Brett Macy said. "We got them in some foul trouble."
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Demetrius Smalls led the way for Bluffton with 12 points. Anthony Smith added 11 points, and B.J. Hill and Marquis Webber scored 10 apiece.
Macy was also pleased with the way his team's defense played, as they kept post player Hasin Nicholas and standout Latrell Nieves in check. Nicholas was held scoreless in the first half before finishing with eight points, and Nieves -- playing his first game of the season -- had 11 points.
"Defensivley, we played them pretty well," Macy said. "Defensively, that was about as well as we've played all year."
Bluffton continues region play Tuesday at Summerville.
James Island 65, Hilton Head Island High 51: Playing without star Michael Julian -- who was on a recruiting visit to Toledo -- the Seahawks took a 27-21 lead at halftime before the home team poured it on.
James Island (6-9 overall, 2-0 Region 8-AAA) outscored the Seahawks 28-7 in the third quarter to break open the game. James Island then made 14 free throws in the final quarter to keep Hilton Head High (9-7, 1-1) at bay.
James Island was 26 of 37 from the line in the game. The two teams combined to shoot 63 free throws.
Aaron Frazier led Hilton Head High with 20 points. Jacob Coltrane added 15 points and James Sanders scored 13 for the Seahawks, who host Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Tuesday.
Battery Creek 53, Burke 41: Yuneek Crittendon scored 15 points, and Devontae Wilson and Eric Freeman scored 10 each to help the Dolphins win in Charleston.
Freeman had a team-high 14 rebounds. Crittendon had four rebounds and four steals, and Wilson grabbed four rebounds for Battery Creek (7-8 overall, 5-1 Region 6-AA).
The Dolphins host Academic Magnet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Porter-Gaud 62, Hilton Head Christian 38: The Eagles slipped to 1-1 in SCISAA Region 3-AAA with the loss at home.
Brad Meccariello rang up 11 points to lead Hilton Head Christian. Zach Polk scored eight for the Eagles.
K.J. James led Porter-Gaud with 12 points.
Now 7-6 overall, Hilton Head Christian next hosts Hilton Head Prep on Tuesday.
Whale Branch 66, Estill 40: Charles Jiles had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Dee Delaney stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals to help the top-ranked Warriors cruise to a road victory.
Jay Abney added 12 points and six rebounds, Jobelle Coakley had nine points and four assists, and Denzel Daniel finished with eight points and seven rebounds for Whale Branch (12-2 overall, 2-0 Region 5-A).
The Warriors host Bethune-Bowman on Tuesday.
JV: Whale Branch 44, Estill 42
First Baptist 52, Hilton Head Prep 45: Shaquille Richardson scored 18 points to help First Baptist keep Hilton Head Prep from picking up its first SCISAA Region 3-AAA win.
First Baptist led 31-23 at halftime. Hilton Head Prep (9-6 overall, 0-2 region) cut the deficit to four in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.
Charlie Wilmot led the Dolphins with 15 points. Randy Young had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and John Eck added 11 points for Prep, which hosts Porter-Gaud at 2:15 p.m. today.
JV: Thomas Heyward 31, Beaufort Academy 22
Hilton Head High 36, James Island 30: The Seahawks struggled early on the road, falling behind 8-0, but battled back with a strong defensive effort to pull out a Region 8-AAA victory.
Austin Seelbach, who finished with five points, hit a shot at the halftime buzzer to pull the Seahawks within three, 22-19. It was all Seahawks from there, as Hilton Head High (12-4 overall, 2-0 region) held James Island scoreless in the third quarter and limited the hosts to eight points in the fourth.
Lauryn Bush led the way for Hilton Head with 15 points. Americal Jenkins added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Rachel Friend had six steals while clamping down on James Island's leading scorer.
The Seahawks will face a major test at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, hosting top-ranked Orangeburg-Wilkinson in a showdown of the region's top teams.
Burke 44, Battery Creek 42: The Dolphins fell to 3-3 in Region 6-AA with the narrow loss at Charleston.
Liz Ford led Battery Creek with 13 points. Daisja Cannon had 11 and Brianna Tolbert finished with seven in the loss.
Burke was led by Breona Kelly's 10 points and Bria Brown's nine.
Battery Creek (11-6 overall) hosts Academic Magnet on Tuesday.
Whale Branch 64, Estill 48: Sophomore Kemoni Jenkins notched 19 points and six assists, senior S'Nitra Mack had a double-double and the Warriors won their Region 5-A opener.
Mack finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sharrin Reed also scored 14 points for Whale Branch.
The Warriors (10-3) next host Bethune-Bowman on Tuesday.
JV: Whale Branch 33, Estill 19
JV: Hilton Head Prep 32, First Baptist 22
JV: Beaufort Academy 30, Thomas Heyward 11
Middle School: St Peter's 24, St. Gregory 19