High School Sports

Beaufort High boys make quick turnaround against Burke

The difference between the Beaufort High School boys basketball team Saturday and its Friday version surprised people who saw both.

The Eagles got thumped Friday on the road at Summerville -- Beaufort High's first region loss. Coach Bruce Beasley said his team settled for jump shots, did not get the ball to open teammates and played a selfish brand of basketball.

And Saturday, by the end of Beaufort High's 63-44 romp over Burke at home, the Eagles passed on open layups when the game was decided and instead shoveled passes back to teammates.

"We had to slow the rock down, we had to execute," Eagles guard Simeon Daise said. "We couldn't play one-on-one. And we did exactly what we needed to do to come out with a win."

Beaufort High spread the floor and charged to the basket, muscling for layups or getting to the free-throw line. Beasley's team started the second half on an 8-0 run to gain a cushion and ran away late.

Jordan Adderly and Rakeem Palmer led the Eagles with 13 points each.

The game was the Eagles' last on the non-region schedule, freeing them up to focus on a run to the playoffs. With as deep and talented as the Eagles appear to be, the trick will be getting them to play together, Beasley said.

In short, fewer efforts like the one Friday and more like what he saw Saturday. Beasley said Burke is a better team than Summerville, believing that if the Eagles had played this way the previous night, they would still be unbeaten in region play.

Beaufort High and Burke are familiar with each other; Beaufort won at Burke earlier in the season and Burke avenged the loss during its holiday tournament.

But the Eagles took the rubber match.

Early, it seemed Beaufort High was stuck in the same rut as Friday, when it managed only 40 points. Burke enjoyed an 11-point advantage during the first quarter.

But even then, Beasley saw a difference, that the Eagles were playing with more aggression and trying to get to the basket. The comeback was a formality after that.

"We did an excellent job of sharing the basketball," Beasley said. "They put away individual attitudes."

Burke -- Craig Williams 10, John Ross 10, Tyquan Scott 8, David Brown 5, Stephon Taylor 4, Evan Burden 4, Bakari Blunt 3

Beaufort High (14-4) -- Jordan Adderly 13, Rakeem Palmer 13, Dymonte Gwathney 11, Simeon Daise 9, Keith Alston 7, Ruben Francis 3, Jordan Broussard 3, Joey Chaplin 2, Benji Calderon 2

Burke girls 54, Beaufort High 48

Beaufort High's girls faced a different team than the one they defeated on the road earlier in the season.

Eagles coach Lillian Keeler Aldred said she noticed new faces and a different style of play from Burke on Saturday.

Fortunately for the Eagles, the game was a non-region test, their last of the season.

"At least it didn't hurt us like that," Keeler Aldred said.

Beaufort High, which fell Friday at Summerville, led much of the way Saturday. Burke took the lead on a four-point play early in the fourth quarter and inched away after that.

No Eagles managed double figures Saturday. Ebony Watson scored eight and pulled down eight rebounds. Veneshia Holmes had seven steals for Beaufort High and Arielle McPhee passed out six assists.

The Eagles return to region play Tuesday when they host Fort Dorchester.

Burke -- Bria Brown 15, Eboni Fields 11, Latasha Jones 7, Chantel Haynes 7, Shawanna McNeil 7, Brianna Kelly 4, Jamille Dickerson 3

Beaufort High (9-9) -- Mykalah Smalls 9, Ebony Watson 8, Veneshia Holmes 8, Emani Gray 7, Jay Shaw 6, Arielle McPhee 6, Paris Smith 3, Stephanie Pollock 1