Brett Macy has preached it to his Bluffton boys basketball team all season long. If the Bobcats want to win, they have to bring a high level of intensity to the floor.
That energy was lacking in consecutive losses to Whale Branch Early College High School and Colleton County over the past week.
"I think we forgot who we were," Macy said. "I think they thought we were just going to show up at Colleton and win a game. We can't do that. We're not that good. We're just not."
Taking on eighth-ranked Summerville on Friday night presented a new opportunity for Bluffton to get back to its aggressive style. They did just that, too, as the Bobcats pushed the ball up and down the floor before running the Green Wave out of the gym with a 68-60 upset victory.
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The loss was the first in Region 8-AAAA play for Summerville, which fell to 17-5 overall and 7-1 in the region. Bluffton, meanwhile, snapped its two-game losing streak to improve to 12-7, 5-3.
"It's all about energy," Macy said. "It's what it is. I thought we re-identified who we were Wednesday and accepted it. We beat people doing what we do -- we were just tough tonight."
Summerville built a 10-point lead near halftime before the Bobcats used a 7-0 run to adjourn to the locker room down by three. And after guard C.J. Frazier hit a deep two-pointer at the end of the third quarter to tie it up at 51, Bluffton outscored the Green Wave 17-9 the rest of the way to pull out the win.
The Bobcats used their four-corners offense beginning near the 3-minute mark to salt the game away. The stalling offense limited Summerville to just two true possessions the rest of the way, as Bluffton captured its first signature victory of the season to retain sole possession of second place in region play.
Bluffton boys 68, Summerville 60
Summerville (17-5, 7-1) -- Brandon Wilkerson 22, John Jenkins 13, Christian Kalacanic 10, Timothy Singleton 6, Chris McKinnon 5, Isiah Kinloch 4
Bluffton (12-7, 5-3) -- Marquis Webber 19, Demetrius Smalls 16, Harlan Kendrick 12, C.J. Frazier 6, Chance Murphy 6, Ahdonus Cofer 4, Jay Middleton 3, B.J. Hill 2
Summerville girls 61, Bluffton 32
Summerville kept its unblemished Region 8-AAAA record intact with a dominating win over the Bobcats.
Bluffton (4-15, 1-7) trailed by just three late in the first quarter before the Green Wave began to assert themselves. Summerville -- ranked No. 10 in Class 4-A -- held the Bobcats to just 13 second-half points, including a five-point third quarter.
Kwanza Murray led Summerville (17-5, 8-0) with a game-high 22 points.
Diamon Smalls paced the Bobcats with eight points.
Summerville (17-5, 8-0) -- Kwanza Murray 22, Zuri Green 11, Rodnesha Capers 7, Tinara Brown 6, Heather Chapman 6, Chelsi Anderson 4, Ashley Green 3, Gabi Stewart 2
Bluffton (4-15, 1-7) -- Diamon Smalls 8, Amber Klitzsch 6, Tiffany Banks 5, Dynasty Mervin 5, Johnnie Gaston 4, Autumn Card 2, Alexis Manuel 2