Ken Updike always knows how to make sure his Hilton Head Island High School boys basketball team isn't caught napping.
The Seahawks coach likes to draw up a play in scrimmages that calls for one of his players to hide behind him on the sideline. If the player gets lost, a long heave down the floor to him usually catches everyone's notice.
"We just kind of hide guys down there and we don't tell them," Updike said. "If guys aren't paying attention to the situation, we throw it down there."
The move came in handy Thursday night, as sophomore guard Aaron Frazier beat the Stall defense deep twice in the closing minutes on the same play, resulting in a bucket and a pair of free throws with Hilton Head High clinging to a slim advantage.
The four-point swing helped the Seahawks hold on for a 64-61 region win over the Warriors that kept Hilton Head High in the conversation for a coveted playoff spot.
"They don't switch screens," Frazier said. "Everybody is up there and nobody is back here. They just found me deep."
Frazier's breakaway helped Hilton Head High finish 18 of 37 (49 percent) from inside the paint after a troublesome first half inside. Updike implored his team at halftime to scale back on its outside attempts -- the Seahawks finished 4 of 12 from beyond the 3-point line -- despite the fact that post threat Michael Julian became saddled with three first-half fouls.
The Seahawks listened. Hilton Head High (12-11, 4-5 Region 8-AAA), powered by the work of big man James Sanders, started the third quarter with a 10-0 run before taking a four-point lead into the final period. That was enough for the Seahawks, who staved off each Warriors rally by going 14 of 18 from the free-throw line in the last eight minutes.
"Free throws down the stretch (were huge)," Frazier said. "We've been having trouble with them, but the last few games we've been closing them out."
Julian, despite picking up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter, finished with a game-high 22 points. Sanders chipped in 13. Throw in Frazier, who finished with 20, and the trio finished with 55 of the Seahawks' 64 points.
The win keeps Hilton Head High in play for a postseason bid and a potential first-round home game. Updike is uncertain of tie-breakers and how the points system would play out, but knows a win over Hanahan at home Thursday in the regular-season finale puts the Seahawks in the field.
"I've looked at scenarios and quit," he said. "If we win Thursday, we're in."
Hilton Head High boys 64, Stall 61
Stall -- Jordan Carswell 19, Kaylon Washington 16, Neison Cedano 12, Seth McKelvey 7, Shaquille Moultrie 5, Antwone Washington 2
Hilton Head High -- Michael Julian 22, Aaron Frazier 20, James Sanders 13, Jacob Coltrane 7, Troy Clifford 2
Hilton Head High girls 60, Stall 47
The Seahawks got the big region win they were hoping for, but it didn't come without a price.
Sophomore standout Lauryn Bush, who leads the team in most statistical categories, went down hard with a right knee injury with two minutes to play in the Seahawks' 60-47 win over Stall.
Hilton Head High coach Dave Greenberg couldn't speculate on the severity of the injury, which will be reevaluated today. The guard, who finished with 14 points and seven assists, had to be carried off the floor by trainer Shawn Zink and her father, LJ Bush, after she got tangled up near midcourt.
Greenberg did say that Bush, who is second on the team in points per game (12.6) and first in assists (3.5) and steals (5.6), likely would be out Thursday against Hanahan. A win should give the Seahawks (16-7, 6-3) a second-place finish in Region 8-AAA and a home game in the playoff opener.
Americal Jenkins had 24 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday's victory, while point guard Savannah Reier added five assists for the Seahawks, who jumped out to a 10-0 lead and maintained a comfortable advantage from there.
Stall -- Essence Simpson 19, Alexus Richardson 10, Zaleria Simpson 7, Alexys Patrick 5, Deja Butler 2, Tadeja McClain 2, Shelby McGuire 2
Hilton Head High -- Americal Jenkins 24, Lauryn Bush 14, Macy King 8, Rachel Friend 5, Austin Seelbach 3, Savannah Reier 2, Brennan O'Gorman 2, Areli Fernandez 2