May River’s boys had a plan for Will McCracken and Hilton Head High’s visit to the Tank on Tuesday, and they executed almost perfectly. But not quite.
Sam Summa scored 16 points and was a monster on the boards, and McCracken added 14 The Seahawks were able to shake off the scrappy Sharks in the final minutes and escape with a 48-43 victory to improve to 3-0 in Region 7-4A play.
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May River made it a point to slow things down and force the Seahawks to grind it out in the half-court set rather than getting out in transition, and it prevented Hilton Head High’s dynamic scorers from getting in a rhythm.
The lead bounced back and forth, the Sharks using an 8-0 run to open the second quarter to build a five-point lead, then the Seahawks surging back with repeated buckets inside for Sam Summa, but Garvin Douglas splashed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give May River a 20-18 halftime lead.
It was more of the same in the third quarter, with the teams trading hard-earned buckets in a physical, defensive contest, and it was knotted at 33 going to the fourth.
The Sharks scored the quarter’s first four points to regain the lead, but Hilton Head’s Karyce Campbell hit a monster three to tie it at 38. Steffin Gadson put the Sharks back on top with an old-school 3-point play off a nice dish from Douglas, but Summa’s work on the glass and McCracken’s poise down the stretch took over from there.
May River couldn’t get a bucket to fall the rest of the way, and Summa’s putback of a McCracken miss at the foul line finished off his 16-point night and gave the Seahawks the lead for good. McCracken put on the finishing touches with a powerful dunk to keep Hilton Head High perfect in region play.
Jakii Morrow scored 13 points to lead the Sharks, nailing four 3-pointers, while Douglas added 10.
The Seahawks (5-2, 3-0) host James Island, the No. 3 team in Class 4A, in a clash of Region 7-4A frontrunners on Tuesday.
The Sharks (2-4, 1-1) host Beaufort High for a key region matchup Tuesday.