High School Sports

Bluffton boys taking to road in bid for home playoff game

The goal for the Bluffton High School boys basketball team this week is to secure a home playoff game.

But to do that, the Bobcats will have to win on the road. Coach Brett Macy's team travels to Battery Creek tonight in control of its path to the No. 2 seed out of Region 7-AAA.

With a win, the Bobcats would clinch a coveted home playoff game.

"I want to see us play well on the road," Macy said. "Even if we play at home in the first round, if we win, we're going to have to go on the road sometime."

Battery Creek can clinch the second seed with a victory tonight and Friday at Lake Marion. The Dolphins lost a close game to the region-leading Gators last week, giving them three losses in region play.

Battery Creek will look to avoid a repeat of the teams' first meeting. The Dolphins led by 16 points early, but Bluffton mounted a second-half comeback to win.

The Bobcats surrendered too much in the paint during the first half of that game, Macy said. A switch to a zone defense at halftime forced the Dolphins to settle for more jump shots, and the Bobcats ran past them.

Battery Creek's boys followed an emotional loss to Lake Marion with a win over Cane Bay to keep hope alive for the No. 2 seed.

Battery Creek's girls have won four consecutive games, including a shocker at Hilton Head High to hand the Seahawks their first region loss.. The Dolphins host a Bluffton girls team looking to claim a region title with two victories this week.

Bluffton was the last team to defeat the streaking Dolphins. The Bobcats got 21 points from Jennifer Giles to overcome an early deficit and pull away.

Today's games

Hilton Head High at Berkeley, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.;

Bluffton at Battery Creek, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.;

Beaufort High at Fort Dorchester, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.;

Thomas Heyward at Beaufort Academy, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.