HSBBB: Seahawks cruise past Cougars to continue surge

In front of a packed student section Friday night, the Hilton Head High boys basketball team treated their fans to another breathtaking show. Chane Brown’s balanced attack had five players score nine points or more, and the Seahawks rolled past Colleton County 70-54 on Friday to notch their second straight home win in region play. 

Hilton Head’s dynamic offense wasted no time getting off the ground, as a quick 17-8 run hyped up the home fans. Colleton County fought back with an 8-0 run to trim the deficit to just one, but the ‘Hawks responded with eight straight of their own to restore the nine-point advantage. It was all Hilton Head High from that point, as the Seahawks displayed their beautiful ball movement and dangerous transition game with an electric group of guards while playing outstanding interior defense. 

The home team did some damage again on the fast break, cutting off passing lanes and swiping away the ball as Jayden Gilliam and Karyce Campbell racked up the steals and buckets to build the lead to 38-21 at halftime beside a boisterous homecoming crowd. After scoring a pair of buckets in the second period, Zac Morris continued his strong play in the third, fighting for loose balls and finishing in traffic while making both of his foul shots in the frame as the Seahawks maintained their double-digit lead at 51-36. 

Colleton County’s Brian Hamilton and Mykeem Gant came alive in the fourth, combining for a trio of 3-pointers to get within 12, but the Cougars couldn’t get any closer as Gilliam’s terrific defense and Matthew Larkby’s toughness in the paint helped the Seahawks finish the job.

It was another balanced effort from a deep Seahawk squad, as Morris led the way with 14 points while Gilliam scored 13. Larkby put up 12 points, and Campbell and Alex Smith added nine each. Colleton County’s Adam Buckner impressed with 18 points to lead all scorers, and Hamilton recorded 15. 

Hilton Head High (10-8, 5-3) visits May River for another key Region 7-4A battle Tuesday. Colleton County (5-12, 1-8) travels to James Island on Tuesday. 

By Wes Kerr

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