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
Will McCracken, HHIHS
McCracken has been incredibly consistent for the Seahawks every time out, scoring 13 or more points in 10 of 11 games with three double-doubles. But this past week he was absolutely ridiculous. The senior UNC Wilmington recruit averaged 33.5 points in two games, including a school-record 43 in a 96-49 rout of Lucy Beckham … and he only played three quarters. McCracken also averaged 10 rebounds, 4.5 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 assists in wins over Bluffton and Lucy Beckham to keep the Seahawks perfect in region play, and his eight 3-pointers against the Bengals matched another school record.
Honorable Mention: Kane Eanes, HHP; Malone Kinard-Huisinger, JPII; JP Peduzzi, HHCA; Naz Johnson, CPA; David Smith, BCHS; Ollie Holmes, BHS
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Will McCracken, HHIHS
Not sure we’ve ever done this, but if not now, when? Sure, McCracken was out of his mind at the offensive end this week (see above), but how ‘bout that defense? The Seahawks love to get out in transition, and McCracken’s lightning-quick hands and feet help them do so with great frequency. He had nine steals and three blocks in two games this week, all while shooting a blistering 24-of-36 from the floor and 10-of-16 from 3-point range.
Honorable Mention: Jayden Chance, HHP; Jeremiah Young, JPII; Isaiah Anderson, HHCA; Melvin Teal Jr., CPA; Jaeon Allen, BCHS; Rush Riley, BHS
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hilton Head Prep Dolphins (2-0 last week, 11-2 overall)
The Dolphins looked like they might be trouble going into the holiday break, and they still might be, simply because the SCISA 3A playoff bracket will be loaded. But they’re certainly a better team after the break than they were before, and they rolled to two blowout victories this week, including a 61-21 rout of a solid Beaufort Academy team that had high hopes going into Sea Pines. JJ Hayes is the focal point, but his presence allows Prep’s role players to stay in their lanes, and when it all clicks, it’s pretty special.
Honorable Mention: Hilton Head High (2-0); John Paul II (1-0)
GAME OF THE WEEK
John Paul II at Beaufort Academy, Tuesday
Hilton Head Christian at Beaufort Academy, Wednesday
Beaufort Academy at Hilton Head Christian, Saturday
OK, we know this isn’t a single Game of the Week, but this five-day round robin will go a long way toward sorting out the playoff picture in SCISA Region 4-2A, and we won’t know which game was the biggest one until the dust has settled. Hilton Head Prep is a SCISA 3A team playing in a 2A region, so the Dolphins won’t factor into the playoff picture. Bethesda Academy has the inside track to the top seed, but JPII, BA, and HHCA could all play their way into the mix for the No. 2 spot with a big week.
(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
Week 6: Will McCracken, HHIHS; Will McCracken, HHIHS; Hilton Head Prep