The Cage was riled up at the end of one quarter Tuesday night at Hilton Head Christian Academy, but it was only a matter of time before Hilton Head Prep’s talent-laden boys basketball team quieted the home crowd and cruised to a 61-26 win.
The Eagles gave a scrappy effort in the first quarter and pulled within four on Qayden Turner’s reverse layup at the buzzer, but the Dolphins blitzed to a 33-11 halftime lead and grew the margin to 35 after three quarters.
Playing without star forward Isaiah Anderson, the Eagles were destined to have a difficult time matching up with HHP’s size, and 6-7 junior Sean Cusano exploited the advantage with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks. JJ Hayes also feasted in the paint with 11 points and 11 boards, and Kane Eanes matched him with 11.
It was a former Eagle who helped break it open for the Dolphins, though. Andrew Helms scored eight of his 11 points in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers to help HHP create some separation, and finished the night 4-for-4 from the field including 3-for-3 from the arc.
Turner scored 22 points to lead the Eagles.
HHP (10-2, 2-0) travels to Beaufort Academy and HHCA (3-6, 1-2) hosts John Paul II in a pair of region matchups Friday.
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