HSBBB: Depleted BA squad can’t hang with top-seeded Dillon Christian

A short-handed Beaufort Academy boys squad was no match for SCISA 2A power Dillon Christian in the first round of the playoffs Saturday, falling 72-39 to the top-seeded Warriors at Wilson Hall in Sumter.

Despite playing without senior stars Ben VanHise and Elijah Fess due to injury, the Eagles hung in for a quarter, trailing 14-10 after eight minutes thanks to five first-quarter points from Malacai Rodriguez.

But BA’s depleted depth coupled with an outstanding defensive effort from the Warriors broke the game open in the second. The Eagles managed only five points in the quarter as Dillon Christian opened a 33-15 halftime advantage and cruised to the finish line.

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Rodriguez finished with a team-high nine points, but the Eagles’ next generation of stars contributed, as freshman Ben Frey and Sully Gay and added eight points each to match sophomore 3-point specialist Timmy Horgan, who drained a pair of triples in his varsity debut after missing the past year with a torn ACL.

BA didn’t have an answer for DCS stars Colby Thorndyke and Weston Glasgow, who combined for 32 points. Thorndyke hit two threes and went 3-for-3 at the line in an efficient performance, scoring seven of his 17 in the first quarter, while Glasgow heated up in the fourth quarter to score 11 of his 15.

The Eagles graduate seven seniors, including three who have already signed to play at the next level, but they also return a strong nucleus led by Frey and Gay, who will be joined by several players from a strong JV program next season.

By Justin Jarrett

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