HSBBB: Eagles hold off late surge to stay perfect in region

Beaufort High boys basketball build a big second-half lead, then held on through a furious rally to beat visiting Lucy Beckham 71-65 on Tuesday and remain undefeated in Region 7-4A.

After the Bengals played them even in the first quarter, the Eagles locked down on defense and held Beckham to six points in the second to surge to a 33-23 halftime advantage. Beaufort opened the lead up to 20 in the third quarter before star wing Zyrin Odom fouled out, putting the Eagles’ depth to the test.

The Bengals closed the gap to 16 by the end of the quarter and kept coming, but Beaufort was able to hang on thanks to terrific efforts from Michael Dennison and James Dennison. Michael Dennison led the way for the second straight game with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while James Dennison added 24 points and 10 boards. Odom contributed nine points and eight rebounds before fouling out.

All five starters finished in double figures for the Bengals, as Rowan Irelan led the charge with 16 points, six boards, and six assists. Thomas Oppold hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points, Malin Allard had 13, Harper Stephens added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Noah Bailes scored 10.

Beaufort (6-4, 3-0) travels to Colleton County on Friday.

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