If Thursday night's 58-50 Class 4-A playoff win over Blythewood is any example, it's not hard to argue that D.J. Dobson is Bluffton High School's best player.
But that same game is also proof that B.J. Hill may be its most important.
The senior point guard, who leads the area in assists at an average of 6.7 per game, scored 10 points in the win. But that, according to Bobcats coach Brett Macy, wasn't his biggest contribution.
In what has become routine for the Bobcats, Hill played all 32 minutes.
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"He never comes out," Macy said after Thursday's game. "He probably plays every single second of every game unless he's in foul trouble."
A contest against Fort Dorchester in which Hill was in foul trouble was the last time Macy could remember him not going the distance.
Macy said the Bobcats simply don't have any other option. They need Hill's ball-handling ability.
In the Bobcats' win over the Bengals, Bluffton's poor shooting night was compounded by a high number of turnovers. But Hill was his usual solid self.
Macy said that the dependable Hill was a big part of this senior class' 61 wins over the past four seasons.
"That's a lot of wins there, a lot of leadership," Macy said. "He's a great defender. There's a lot on his shoulders. I know D.J. (Dobson) is our best basketball player, but B.J. is our MVP."
The Bobcats' anointed best player concurs.
"He's really the anchor of the team," Dobson said after Thursday's win. "He works hard. He's a leader. He's always humble. He keeps his emotions under wraps.
"That's how we like to play, like him."
The senior transfer from Dutch Fork is particularly impressed that Hill can do what he does, as well as he does, given the time he spends on the floor.
"I've never seen somebody that well conditioned to be able to play that many minutes, play that kind of defense," Dobson said. "He never tires out. It's rare that you find a player like that."
Saturday's Area Playoff Schedule
Class 1-A: Whale Branch vs. Hemingway at Battery Creek, 6 p.m.
Class 2-A: Battery Creek at Calhoun County, 6 p.m.
Class 3-A: Darlington at Hilton Head Island, 6 p.m.
Class 1-A: Whale Branch vs. C.E. Murray at Battery Creek, 8 p.m.
Class 2-A: Battery Creek at Calhoun County, 7:30 p.m.
Class 2-A: Edisto at Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 7 p.m.
Class 4-A: Bluffton at Sumter, 7 p.m.
SCISAA Class 2-A: Thomas Heyward Academy vs. Palmetto Christian at Pinewood Prep, 4 p.m.
SCISAA Class 3-A: Hilton Head Christian vs. Laurence Manning at Sumter Civic Center, 4 p.m.
SCISAA Class 3-A: Hilton Head Prep at Heathwood Hall, 6 p.m.