The atmosphere was exuberant in the Eagles Nest on Tuesday night, as dueling student sections from Beaufort High and Beaufort Academy cheered on their teams, but it was the host BHS Eagles who did most of the cheering.
Jeremy Huff’s team raced out to a big early lead and cruised to a 71-35 win over visiting BA in the first of two meetings between the crosstown rivals this week. Oliver Holmes led BHS with 17 points, including three key 3-pointers, while James Denison added 12 points and Rush Riley and Zyrin Odom put up eight points apiece.
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BHS started off hot, taking an eight-point lead at the midway mark of the first quarter and extending it to 21-9 by the end of the period. The Eagles were persistent with their fast-paced offense, scoring often in transition or taking advantage of offensive rebounds to rack up second-chance points.
BA tried to get something going, with Elijah Fess and Ben Frey leading the way with 10 points each, but the BHS defense was just too strong. Odom pushed the lead to 20 with a breakaway jam and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Davis Willis hit a 3-point buzzer beater to make it 39-19 at halftime.
When BA finally got its offense going, it still couldn’t keep Odom and BHS off the boards and didn’t do a good job of closing out on defense, allowing the Eagles to push the margin to 59-29 through early in the fourth quarter.
BHS did a great job defensively against a dangerous BA lineup and limited former teammate Ben VanHise to a season-low five points.
The teams will get together for a rematch Saturday night at BA, but BA first travels to Porter-Gaud for a non-region matchup Friday.
Story and photos by Gabriel Jenkins
Gabriel Jenkins is a student-athlete at
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