HSBBB: Balanced Beaufort High holds off inspired Cougars

Beaufort High’s boys had five players score in double digits, including three who posted double-doubles, as the Eagles rallied from an early 15-point deficit to edge visiting Colleton County 74-71 on Friday. 

Daniel Phares led the way for Beaufort with a monster night, putting up 19 points and grabbing 15 boards, while Michael Dennison (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Zyrin Odom (14 points, 13 rebounds) also posted double-doubles for the Eagles. Oli Holmes contributed 16 points, and Rush Riley had 11 points and five steals.

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The Cougars came out inspired in their first game since the passing of former All-State guard Alex Sherrill. Freshman Brian Hamilton, who handed over his usual No. 11 jersey — Alex’s old number — to Alston Sherrill for the night, poured in 30 points to lead the Cougars, including 10 during the first quarter as Colleton raced to a 23-8 lead.

The Eagles hit their stride in the second, outscoring the Cougars 22-10 to pull within three at halftime, and they controlled the third quarter as well, opening up a six-point lead going into the fourth.

Hamilton heated up again in the fourth, scoring eight points, and Silas Holmes added eight of his 12 to keep the Cougars in it until the end. Deshawn Blocker added 13 for Colleton.

Beaufort (4-1, 2-1) travels to May River on Tuesday.

Colleton County (0-6, 0-3) hosts Lucy Beckham on Tuesday. 

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