Bluffton 68, Summerville 59: The Bluffton High School boys basketball team maintained its spot atop the Region 8-AAAA standings Tuesday night, pulling away from visiting Summerville, 68-59.
"It was as well as we have played all year," Bluffton coach Brett Macy said. "That was a big-time win."
Bluffton (11-3 overall, 3-0 region) bolted out to a 21-6 lead before the Green Wave responded with a 15-2 run to tie it at 23 late in the second quarter. The Bobcats had an answer of their own, going on a 7-0 run the rest of the way to take a seven-point lead into halftime.
"We really kind of gathered ourselves and pushed back," Macy said.
The Bobcats hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and boost the lead to double digits. D.J. Dobson had a three-point play later in the half -- dunking and making the free throw -- to put the Bobcats up 12. Jae Middleton followed with a 3-point basket and Summerville was never able to get within striking distance after that.
Middleton finished with 22 points to lead Bluffton. Dobson had 16 points and Adriel Willis added 13 for the Bobcats, who host Fort Dorchester at 8 p.m. Friday, with first place in the region on the line again.
John Jenkins had a game-high 26 points for Summerville.
Beaufort High 54, Ashley Ridge 46: Jawan Mack scored 16 points and Adonis Grant added 15 to help guide the Eagles to a Region 8-AAAA road win in Summerville.
Otis McClain chipped in seven points for Beaufort High (14-2), which hosts Colleton County on Friday.
Corbin Landers had 14 points to lead Ashley Ridge.
Orangeburg Prep 49, Hilton Head Island High 46: The Seahawks came up just short of their first Region 8-AAA win of the season, dropping a back-and-forth game at Orangeburg.
Patrick Riley led Hilton Head High with 14 points and Jacob Coltrane added 13.
The Seahawks (3-14 overall, 0-3 region) play at Stall on Friday.
Hilton Head Prep 73, Bethesda Day 62: Trailing by four points in the third quarter, the Dolphins fought back and held off the home team in Savannah.
John Eck led the charge with 28 points, seven rebounds and two steals for Prep. Randy Young added 14 points and six rebounds, and Brennan Mikell finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Trevor Marbut made some key free throws down the stretch to help seal the win for the Dolphins (9-5), who return home Friday to face Porter-Gaud.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 53, Bishop England 46: Terrance Frazier finished with 15 points, and Ransom Dunham hit key free throws at the end to ice another Region 6-AA win for the Jaguars.
Dunham had 10 points and seven rebounds, Frazier added four assists and three steals, and Nazair Wilson had six points and two assists for Ridgeland-Hardeeville (9-5 overall, 6-1 region), which plays at Burke on Friday.
B.J. Grevey had a game-high 16 points for Bishop England.
Whale Branch 83, Allendale-Fairfax 53: Denzel Daniel and Justin Rhode scored 10 points apiece, and 13 Whale Branch players scored in the Warriors' Region 5-A road win.
Jay Abney added nine points, Simeon Middleton had eight, and Michael Middleton had eight points and seven assists for Whale Branch (14-3 overall, 4-0 region). David Lamb and Jovelle Coakley scored seven each, Devonta Glover had six, and Kenny Brown scored five.
Whale Branch hosts Denmark-Olar on Friday.
JV: Allendale-Fairfax 31, Whale Branch 30
Academic Magnet 65, Battery Creek 60: Academic Magnet handed Battery Creek (11-5, 6-1 Region 6-AA) its first loss in Region 6-AA, dropping the Dolphins into a tie at the top with Ridgeland-Hardeeville.
Adonis Williams led the Dolphins with 21 points, while Devonte Wilson had 17 points and six rebounds. Christian Brown grabbed eight rebounds for Battery Creek, which hosts Garrett on Friday night.
JV: Battery Creek 39, Academic Magnet 34
Bible Baptist 92, Thomas Heyward Academy 64: The Rebels, who play at Hilton Head Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, fell to 7-8.
Middle School: St. Francis 49, Thomas Heyward Academy 34
Orangeburg Prep 57, Hilton Head Island High 30: The top-ranked team in Class 3-A proved to be too much for the visiting Seahawks, as they dropped to 2-1 in Region 8-AAA.
Hilton Head High plays at Stall on Friday.
Battery Creek 45, Academic Magnet 41: Daisja Cannon had 26 points, four rebounds and four steals to lead the Dolphins to a narrow win in North Charleston.
Ericka Alston contributed seven points, seven rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals for Battery Creek (12-4 overall, 6-1 Region 6-AA). Brianna Tolbert added eight points and Maty Dearsman had two points and four rebounds for the Dolphins, who host Garrett Tech at 6 p.m. Friday.
Choral Linhart had 13 points to lead Academic Magnet.
Ashley Ridge 55, Beaufort High 28: Maddie Hibbs had eight points and Naijuia Moyd scored five in the loss in Summerville.
Beaufort High (4-12 overall, 0-3 region) will try for its first Region 8-AAAA win Friday, hosting Colleton County.
Whale Branch 48, Allendale-Fairfax 24: The No. 3 Warriors (12-5, 4-0 Region 5-A) remained perfect in Region 5-A, led by Kemoni Jenkins' 13 points, seven assists and five steals.
Jonae Riley added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Shaniqua Johnson scored 10 and added eight rebounds. The Warriors host Denmark-Olar on Friday.
Beaufort Academy 53, Charleston Collegiate 9: The Eagles quickly jumped out to a 10-0 lead before easing up the pressure on the hosts.
Beaufort Academy, which still led 42-6 at halftime, was led by Miranda Weslake's 21 points. Mary Keane added nine points, while Anna Dyer and Amanda Kahn each scored six points for the Eagles (9-5 overall, 4-0 region), who play their homecoming game at 6:15 p.m. Friday against St. Andrew's.
Thomas Heyward Academy 44, Bible Baptist 23: Sydney Glassberg had 16 points and Ellie Bryan scored 15 to lead the Rebels to victory in Savannah.
Cheyenne Gray added seven points for Thomas Heyward (6-8 overall, 2-2 region). Alayna DeLong and Beth Malphrus each had two points, and Liz Bunton and Jamie Davis scored one apiece.
The Rebels play at Hilton Head Christian Academy on Thursday.
Middle School: St. Francis 36, Thomas Heyward Academy 10