HSBBB: No rust for Dolphins in return to court

It was their first game back from a near month-long break, but Hilton Head Prep’s boys came out  Friday night looking in midseason form. JJ Hayes and Luke Foley recorded double-doubles, and the Dolphins cleaned up on the boards, rolling past the visiting Coastal Hurricanes 62-46. 

The Dolphins were ready right from the start. Hayes got his night rolling early with a putback bucket before Kane Eanes made a sweet move past a Hurricane and drove to the basket for two points. The offense moved the ball well, creating opportunities from all over the court. Point guard Jayden Chance dished it to Luke Foley for a nice layup, and Ryan Mikell found the hot hand from distance, burying a pair of threes to stretch the lead. The defensive effort was even better, forcing a string of turnovers to limit Coastal to just three points in the opening quarter. 

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Prep was in full control early in the second after starting the game on a 20-5 run, but the Hurricanes found some momentum, rattling off six straight points sparked by Jack Childress’  hard work in the paint. 

Just as things looked to be tightening up, Hayes took over and dominated at the rim. The junior vacuumed up rebounds and knocked in a flurry of close-range shots to put his squad up 12 at halftime.

The Dolphins kept the fun going in the second half, outworking Coastal in the paint and on the glass to score the first six points. Luke Foley was everywhere, swatting away shots on the defensive side and sinking a three in one of his strongest outings of the season. 

Then Hayes put on a show for the home crowd as the quarter came to an end. Showing his all-around offensive ability in just a handful of seconds, Hayes used his strength and power to score inside, his skill to sink a deep three, and his athleticism to steal the ball on the way to the hoop. After a 22-13 run in the third, the Dolphins rested their stars and coasted to the finish line, delivering a solid statement in their return to the court. 

Hayes delivered a standout performance, scoring 20 points to go alongside 13 rebounds and three assists. Foley was a force on both ends, picking up 12 points on top of 10 boards and two blocks. Eanes added 13 points and eight rebounds, Mikell tallied eight points, and Chance delivered a solid all-around game, recording four points, five steals, and four assists. 

Hilton Head Prep (6-2) is right back in action Saturday, traveling to Bethesda Academy.

Written by Wes Kerr

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