Bluffton 58, Fort Dorchester 48: After a slow start Friday night in North Charleston, the Bluffton High School boys basketball team ratcheted up the intensity on defense and pulled out a hard-fought win at Fort Dorchester, 58-48.
The Bobcats (9-4 overall, 2-2 Region 8-AAAA) trailed 11-4 early but came back to tie the game up right before halftime on a basket by C.J. Frazier, who finished with a team-high 11 points.
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Neither team got ahead by more than two possessions during the second half, according to Bluffton coach Brett Macy, until the Bobcats hit their free throws in the final moments to put the game out of reach.
"Probably overall our best game that we've played all year," Macy said.
Demetrius Smalls and B.J. Hill added 10 points each, and Marquis Webber had eight as the Bobcats pulled even with the Patriots in the region standings.
Bluffton plays a non-region matchup at Ridgeland-Hardeeville tonight before returning home to league play on Tuesday against Beaufort High.
Beaufort High 45, Colleton County 39: Three players scored in double figures to lead a balanced Beaufort High attack on the road.
Thomas Parker, Kendrick Colvin and Jawan Mack each had 10 points to lead the Eagles. Parker also had six rebounds and one steal.
Adonis Grant chipped in nine points for the Eagles (11-5, 2-2 Region 8-AAAA).
Beaufort High visits Bluffton on Tuesday.
Stall 48, Hilton Head Island High 46: Despite 11 missed free throws in the final quarter by the home team, the Seahawks weren't able to pull out a victory.
Hilton Head High (9-9 overall, 1-3 Region 8-AAA) led 21-17 at the half, but Stall (8-8, 2-2) took a 34-33 lead into the final quarter before holding off the Seahawks.
Stall was 15 of 29 from the free-throw line.
Aaron Frazier led Hilton Head High with 17 points, and Jacob Coltrane added 15.
The Seahawks are on the road next week, playing Tuesday at Hanahan and Friday at Berkeley.
Battery Creek 51, Garrett Academy Tech 47: The Dolphins reeled off an 11-0 run in the third quarter to kick-start a comeback win on the road.
Devontae Wilson and Adonis Williams had 14 points each to lead Battery Creek. Wilson also had 10 rebounds and four assists, while Williams added three steals and two assists.
Raheem Cooper chipped in 11 points and eight boards for Battery Creek, which trailed by 11 at halftime. Battery Creek's Eric Freeman hauled in 11 rebounds.
The win moved the Dolphins to 8-9 overall and 6-2 in Region 6-AA.
They next host Ridgeland-Hardeeville on Tuesday.
Beaufort Academy 38, St. Andrew's 33: In a slow-paced contest, the Eagles held off a late charge by St. Andrew's.
"Both teams did a good job of taking the air out of the ball," Beaufort Academy coach Chip Dinkins said. "It was a fairly clean game, but with that came a lot of 45-second, minute-and-a-half possessions."
St. Andrew's hit a 3-pointer with around 30 seconds left to cut Beaufort Academy's lead to 35-33, but Tucker Trask then found Charles Sanford under the basket with about 15 seconds left to give the Eagles a four-point cushion.
Preston Suber led Beaufort Academy with 17 points and seven rebounds. Sanford and Finn Koppernaes added eight points apiece, and Conner Akers finished with five points.
The Eagles (6-7 overall, 2-3 SCISAA Region 1-AA) play at Hilton Head Prep on Tuesday.
Hunter Ziegler led St. Andrew's with 14 points.
JV: Beaufort Academy 21, St. Andrew's 19
Middle school: Riverview Charter 50, Cross Episcopal 16 (Tuesday)
Middle school: Hilton Head Prep 39, Riverview Charter 34 (Thursday)
Battery Creek 62, Garrett Academy Tech 21: Daisja Cannon was one rebound and three steals short of having a quadruple-double while leading Battery Creek to a blowout win at Garrett Tech.
Cannon finished with 25 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals for the Dolphins (12-6 overall, 5-3 Region 6-AA). Ericka Alston added nine points and seven rebounds, Alex Bazemore had nine points and four rebounds, Tatyana Fripp had eight points and four rebounds, and Elizabeth Ford finished with five points and five rebounds.
The Dolphins host Ridgeland-Hardeeville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Hilton Head Island High 57, Stall 45: Americal Jenkins rang up 23 points, 20 rebounds and six steals to propel the Seahawks.
Lauryn Bush added 16 points for Hilton Head High, and freshman point guard Savannah Reier contributed eight points and five steals.
The Seahawks (13-5) travel to Hanahan on Tuesday.
Colleton County 72, Beaufort High 24: Deyja Brown outscored the Eagles by herself, finishing with 25 points to lead Colleton County to the easy win.
Jordan Fields led Beaufort High (1-15 overall, 0-4 Region 8-AAAA) with 12 points and Mattie Hibbs added eight.
Beaufort Academy 30, St. Andrew's 12: The Eagles clamped down on St. Andrew's, jumping out to a 14-0 lead by halftime.
"We pressed, we got after them, we kept them from getting the ball inside," said Beaufort Academy coach Joe Matheny, who called off the press in the second half. "Our defense was extremely good tonight."
Miranda Weslake outscored St. Andrew's by herself, scoring 15 points to go with nine rebounds. Kiana Fortner added six points and Anna Dyer had nine rebounds for Beaufort Academy (7-7 overall, 3-2 SCISAA Region 1-AA).
The Eagles are off until Friday, when they host Bible Baptist.
JV: Beaufort Academy 29 St. Andrew's 13
JV: Hilton Head Prep 26, Northwood Academy 25
Middle school: Riverview Charter 37, Cross Episcopal 6 (Tuesday)
Middle school: Riverview Charter 33, Hilton Head Prep 14 (Thursday)