Hilton Head High’s boys wrapped up an undefeated run through Region 7-4A with a convincing 69-54 at James Island on Wednesday, claiming the Seahawks’ third region title and their first since 2005.
Will McCracken poured in 31 points, including several highlight dunks, and Adam Clark hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points to lead the Seahawks to region crown in their second season under coach Chane Brown — who played on the first region championship team in 2001. Sam Summa added 13 points, and Hilton Head High locked down on defense against an explosive James Island squad.
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“I am extremely proud of each player for the work they have put in so far this season, but I t’s kind of a mixed bag of feelings,” Brown said. “I want to be happy that we won all of our region games, but we still have work to do to win the region (tournament). We just have to continue to get better each day.”
After giving up a 3-pointer on the first possession, the Seahawks opened a 16-13 advantage after the first quarter paced by McCracken’s seven points. James island was clinging to stay in the game, but the Seahawks’ defense and size led to several run-out baskets, which sparked an 18-point quarter to open a 34-23 halftime lead.
Hilton Head pushed the margin with three old-fashioned three-point plays by McCracken and Summa in the first three minutes of the third quarter, essentially putting the game away with a 53-36 lead entering the fourth.
James Island made a brief run in the final quarter to keep it respectable, but the Seahawks were never really challenged after the first quarter.
Bailey Wiseman scored 18 points, and Cohen Gaskins had 17 for the Trojans.
The Seahawks’ last region title came in 2005, when current assistant coach Jamal Brooks was a star guard. Hilton Head High (11-2, 9-0) clinches the No. 1 seed in the Region 7-4A tournament — which comes with an automatic playoff berth — and can claim home-court advantage through the Lower State finals with a region tourney title. The Seahawks will have a first-round bye and host either Bluffton or Beaufort High on Monday.
James Island will be the No. 2 seed and host Lucy Beckham in Friday’s first round. If the Trojans and No. 3 seed May River both advance, they will play at a neutral site in the semifinals.
Written by Greg Elliott