Throughout the high school boys basketball season, we recognize the standouts from the previous week’s action with the Lowco Boys Hoops Spotlight presented by Hilton Head Insurance and Brokerage.
We select an offensive and defensive player of the week, as well as a Team of the Week, and highlight the biggest game of the upcoming week.
Here’s this week’s installment of the Lowco Boys Hoops Spotlight presented by HHI&B.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JJ Hayes, HHP
We can’t seem to keep Hayes off our list of honorees. No matter what anyone else does, it seems, Hayes goes one better. All he did this week was post two double-doubles (with plenty of room to spare) and stuff the rest of the stat sheet in a pair of impressive wins. The junior put up 26 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in a win over St. Andrew’s, and he came through with 21 points, 12 boards, and five assists in a win over rival HHCA. Oh, and he averaged 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks, and just two turnovers. Solid week. Another award.
Honorable Mention: Zyrin Odom, BHS; Brady Harrell, MRHS; Will McCracken, HHIHS; CJ Dixon, CPA
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Melvin Teal Jr., CPA
You might not know the name now, but you certainly will. A transfer from Cane Bay, Teal is lighting it up for the War Hawks as an eighth-grader. Yes, an eighth-grader. We see it in the girls game, but not so much in the boys … but Teal is the real deal. He racked up 13 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in a rout of Jefferson Davis, then followed it up with 20 points and 14 boards in a nine-point loss to a tough Bethesda Academy team. Put him on your radar, because you’re not done hearing his name.
Honorable Mention: Ollie Holmes, BHS; Jakii Morrow, MRHS; Alex Smith, HHIHS; Jayden Chance, HHP
TEAM OF THE WEEK
May River Sharks (2-0 last week, 4-4 overall)
The win of the week went to Hilton Head High in knocking off James Island to stay unbeaten in Region 7-4A, but the Sharks put two dubs in the bank, and one of them was huge. By knocking off Beaufort High — in impression fashion, nonetheless — and taking care of business against a dangerous Colleton County team, May River established itself as a legitimate contender for one of the two playoff spots from the region. The Sharks are sharing the ball and buckling down on defense, and that’s a recipe for success no matter the opponent.
Honorable Mention: Hilton Head Prep (2-0); Hilton Head High (1-0)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Beaufort Academy at Hilton Head Prep, Friday
The Eagles were just starting to roll when they ran into an abundance of caution (and we’re not criticizing the cautious approach, at all) and had to shut things down for a few weeks. They’re likely to have some rust in their return to the court against a quality Hilton Head Prep team that is hitting its stride after a lengthy layoff, but BA will have fresh legs and plenty of motivation. JJ Hayes has been a nightmare matchup, but so is BA’s Ben VanHise, and both teams have dynamic point guards (Jayden Chance and Ben Frey). Both sides have plenty of guys who can throw it in the bucket, and neither is afraid to push the pace, so this one should be entertaining, at the very least.
(Offensive, Defensive, Team)
Week 1: JJ Hayes, HHP; Zyrin Odom, BHS; Battery Creek
Week 2: JJ Hayes, HHP; David Smith, BCHS; John Paul II
Week 3: Ben VanHise, BA; Jaeon Allen, BCHS; Beaufort High
Week 4: Will McCracken, HHIHS; JJ Hayes, HHP; Whale Branch
Week 5: JJ Hayes, HHP; Melvin Teal Jr., CPA; May River