Hilton Head Prep’s boys can do it all on offense, whether it’s draining threes or taking it to the rim. On Wednesday night, it was a dazzling showcase of the latter.
JJ Hayes scored 18 points to lead four in double figures, and the Dolphins controlled the contest from start to finish, dominating visiting Thomas Heyward 69-26 to pick up their fifth straight victory.
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Kane Eanes didn’t waste any time getting his team in a groove, scoring on two beautiful drives to the hoop to get things started. Then Hayes did the same, powering past the Rebel defense again and again to score six straight HHP points and give his side a 10-2 lead.
Preston Humbert answered for the Rebels with a corner three, but the Dolphins continued to beat Thomas Heyward in the paint. Luke Foley posted up and banked the ball through before Jayden Chance swiped it away and breezed through the defense, stretching the lead to 20-7 through a quarter.
After forcing a flurry of turnovers to start the second, the Dolphins’ offense caught absolute fire, scoring on an incredible nine straight possessions as the Rebels had no answer for Hilton Head Prep’s blazing speed and tremendous athleticism. Jerry Faulkner’s unit continued to swing the ball around and find a driving lane or an open man at the rim, leading to a dominant 22-8 second-quarter run. The first 3-pointer wasn’t made until a little over a minute left in the half, as Foley nailed a triple near the top of the key to put the finishing touch on a masterful few minutes of offense.
The Dolphins rode the late first-half surge into the third quarter, outscoring the Rebels 18-7 in the period behind strong efforts from all five starters. Bruzza Pusha looked to energize Thomas Heyward with a steal and a layup, but Ryan Mikell sank his signature corner three before finding a cutting Chance across the middle for two. Mikell drained another jumper to cap a busy third quarter, scoring all five of his points in the period. Hayes finished his night off with a floater before the bench was emptied with a running clock in the fourth.
Hayes delivered yet another sensational performance, leading all scorers with 18 points while picking up four rebounds and a block. Double-double machine Foley did it again, scoring 12 points and securing 11 rebounds. Eanes matched Foley with 12 points, and Chance excelled on both ends, picking up 11 points, six assists, and four steals.
Jordan Mikell led the Rebels with nine points.
Hilton Head Prep (10-2) hosts Beaufort Academy on Friday.
Thomas Heyward (0-8, 0-4) plays Hilton Head Christian on Tuesday.