Battery Creek’s boys won three games in CJ Brown’s first season at the helm. They only need three games to match that total this year.
Rashard Baker and Jordon Rivers each poured in 19 points, and David Smith added nine to go along with team-highs in steals (8) and rebounds (7) as the Dolphins ran their season-opening winning streak to three games with a 69-54 win over Colleton County on Tuesday at the Palace.
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Jaeon Allen, Kaya George and David Grober each added six points for Creek, and George grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots.
“That first home game is always a big one,” Brown said. “After playing two games on the road against two very competitive teams you always want to come home and win, we feel pretty good about it. With our offense and the kind of players we have, the more responsibility we let them have on the court by just playing, that’s what we let them do.”
Battery Creek started off the game 0 for 6 from the field before Rivers was sent to the line and knocked down the back end of his two shots breaking the scoreless opening minutes. Baker followed with a layup and Rivers found his groove from behind the arc with his first triple. Colleton drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at eight, but Baker drilled a 23-footer to regain the lead and the Dolphins never looked back.
Creek pushed their lead up to as many as 15 at one point but the Cougars trimmed the lead down to three with the score 37-34. Baker hit another clutch 3-pointer to push the lead back to six, then the Dolphins rattled off short rallies to extend their lead. Allen added four of his six points within the last minute, ending the game on a 5-2 run.
Battery Creek (3-0) continues its three-game homestand at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Denmark-Olar.
Written by Brackin Lambert / Photo by Sophia Felix