Just a few minutes into Tuesday’s game, Hilton Head High’s boys found themselves in trouble when their leading scorer and captain was on the bench in foul trouble.
With Gaston Moore on the bench for most of the first half, the Seahawks had to rely on co-captain Dean Seelbach and Adam Clark to command the offense. They did just that, as Seelbach scored 18 points and Clark added 12 in a 56-53 home win over Effingham County (Ga.).
Another sluggish start for the Seahawks resulted in a six-point deficit going into the second quarter, but several defensive hustle plays from Jaylen Sneed and Sam Summa kept Hilton Head within reach late in the second period.
Hilton Head has struggled on defense in the past few games, and Seelbach stressed how prepared the Seahawks were for Tuesday’s defensive battle. He credited coach Chane Brown postgame.
“Coach Brown really had us prepared on defense,” Seelbach said, “because we knew they were a good team.”
Going into the locker room, the Seahawks were focused on a big third-quarter comeback.
“Coach Brown talked to us about intensity and how we had to help more on defense,” Clark said, “and we came out ready to go, hitting shots with a lot of intensity.”
They stayed consistent on both ends of the court to find themselves ahead by three points when the buzzer sounded. But Effingham had called a timeout with a little under three seconds left and had another chance to even the score. Strong defense from the Seahawks denied the last chance and evened Hilton Head’s record at 2-2.
“We’re looking forward to taking the momentum from this win into the next two games,” Seelbach said.
The Seahawks host Battery Creek at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.