In a matchup of undefeated teams in SCISA Region 4, Hilton Head Prep boys basketball sucked the drama out of Beaufort Academy’s gym early and held the Eagles at bay the rest of the way for an impressive 63-43 road win Friday.
JJ Hayes put up 15 points and nine rebounds, Sean Cusano posted another double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks, and Kane Eanes had 14 points and five boards to power HHP, which used its excellent transition game to produce easy buckets early and exploited its strength in the paint all night.
Braydon Dineen collected 12 points, six rebounds, and five steals to lead BA, and freshman Amarion Wilson added eight points and seven boards, but the Eagles were a bit out of sync in the first half and couldn’t chip away at a 20-point halftime deficit against a Prep team that was in top form.
Hayes and Eanes repeatedly sliced into the lane and finished at the rim, and Cusano was at his best, using his long frame and versatile skillset to carve up the defense and crash the boards. BA settled in after the half and carved into the lead, but the Dolphins had an answer each time the Eagles surged.
Former BA guard Ben Frey had an excellent night in his return to his former home court, scoring nine points to go with three steals and frustrating BA’s guards on defense. Ryan Mikell also made his return from injury for the Dolphins and scored five points in limited action in his first appearance since the season-opener Nov. 22.
HHP (11-2, 2-1) hosts Colleton Prep on Wednesday. BA (23-5, 2-1) travels to John Paul II on Tuesday.
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