HSBBB: Seahawks sail past Cougars in region opener

The Hilton Head High boys looked on paper to be loaded going into 2021. On Tuesday night, they proved it on the court.

Sam Summa, Will McCracken, and company dominated on both ends of the court as the Seahawks smashed visiting Colleton County 69-45 to make a strong region-opening statement. 

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“To come out and win like that in our first region game is awesome,” Summa said. “We really wanted to set the tone for the rest of the season and I think we did that.”

The Seahawks were ready for this one right from the tip. Jaylen Sneed struck first with a steal and a bucket, and Summa followed it up with a strong rebound and putback, a theme that would continue throughout the night.

The Cougars kept it interesting with a trio of three pointers in the opening quarter, including two from Silas Holmes, but the Seahawks could not be contained on the glass, building the lead to 10 midway through the second quarter through a combination of putbacks at the rim, free throws, and shots from downtown.

If a ‘Hawk missed a shot, his teammate was right there to follow it up. McCracken got the crowd into it early with a vicious block, and the squad continued to elevate the energy in the building with every play. A 23-9 edge in the second quarter gave the Seahawks a commanding 18-point halftime lead.

Then the fun really started for the hometown fans.

Hilton Head scored the first 10 of the second half to shut down any hopes of a Colleton comeback, and they did it in style, highlighted by a McCracken throwdown that set the Nest in a frenzy. Despite a remarkable shooting performance by Holmes with three more triples, the Seahawks coasted to the finish line. It was an offensive clinic, as Chane Brown’s unit excelled in finding open teammates for passes, converting high-percentage layups, and rebounding nearly every ball in sight. And the defense was as good as ever, pressuring and forcing turnovers that led to easy points on the break. 

“We pride ourselves on getting stops and running in transition,” Summa said. “We have a couple guys like Will and Jaylen who’ll go and throw down some dunks and that makes it a lot more fun.” 

Summa led the tremendous Seahawk effort with 18 points. Sneed put up 14 and McCracken added 13, including eight in the third quarter.

Despite a rough outing overall, the Cougars shot the three incredibly well, sinking eight from distance. Senior Alston Sherrill put together a fantastic 20-point game, and Holmes sank five threes in an impressive 17-point performance.

Hilton Head (3-2, 1-0) hosts Beaufort High in a key region clash Friday night.

Colleton County (0-4, 0-1) hosts Bluffton on Friday.

Written by Wes Kerr / Photos by Brooke Simons

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