Mike Middleton scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Whale Branch over 4-A Bluffton, 59-53.
David Lamb and Javell Coakley each added 11 points for Whale Branch. Football standout Nyles Pinckney scored four in his basketball debut.
Jermaine Patterson led Bluffton with a game-high 20 points.
Whale Branch plays Friday at Beaufort High.
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