Battery Creek’s boys found themselves in a fight Friday, but the Dolphins used strong rebounding and turned up the offense in the second half to surge to a 70-64 win over visiting Denmark-Olar.
The Palace was teeming with Dolphin pride as Battery Creek improved to 4-0 after winning just three games in coach CJ Brown’s inaugural season a year ago.
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David Smith racked up 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, Rashard Baker had 16 points, four assists, and three steals, and Justin Smalls gave Creek 12 points, five boards, and four steals in just 12 minutes to fuel the second-half surge after the Dolphins led just 27-22 at halftime.
Both teams played tough defense in the first half of a physical game, as Creek led 11-10 after one quarter and trailed by three early in the second. The Dolphins pulled back ahead by getting to the foul line regularly, going 29-of-43 from the line on the night with Baker (10-for-12), Smith (10-for-15), and Jordon Rivers (6-for-8) leading the way.
Battery Creek stretched the lead to 13 midway through the third quarter at 42-29, but the Vikings clawed back within seven by the end of the period. Denmark-Olar got as close as four points with just over a minute left, but the home fans were roaring for their Dolphins as Baker came in clutch and made his free throws to help the Dolphins close it out.
Battery Creek (4-0) will host Beaufort Academy on Tuesday.
Story and photos by Gabriel Jenkins
Gabriel Jenkins is a student-athlete at
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