HSBBB: Short-handed Dolphins can’t keep pace with Cougars

Battery Creek boys basketball’s short bench struggled to keep up and the Dolphins suffered another tough loss Saturday night, falling to visiting North Charleston 49-36 inside the Palace. 

Donyae Brown led Creek with nine points to go along with three boards, while Noah Northway and DaQuan Jacobs posted eight points each. Battery Creek was forced to call-up a number of players from the JV squad with a majority of the team out due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Brown put Creek on the board after the Cougars scored two quick baskets, and Will White followed a missed shot and got the board and the bucket to cut the lead to two before Jacobs tied the game with a 19-footer. But the Cougars picked up an offense board and got the put back to end the quarter. 

 Both teams struggled from the floor in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but NC scored again off a putback to go up four. Northway scored the Dolphins’ only points through five minutes, going 1-for-2 from the line, and White picked off a would-be pass and kissed it off the glass to give the Dolphins two more, but the Cougars picked up the pace, stretching their lead out to 10 before going into the break up seven.

North Charleston opened the second half with two quick scores to increase its lead to 12. After Northway was fouled driving to the basket, back-to-back technicals were called giving Creek a six-point opportunity. Northway made three of the shots and Creek went into the final quarter down 11. 

 With key players in foul trouble, Creek was forced to go deep into its bench in the fourth quarter. After Talon Lee scored in the paint for the Dolphins, NCHS went on an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 17. Brown ended the run from the charity stripe, knocking down 1-of-2. Kelvin Willis picked up loose board and finished the put back and Northway finally got one to fall from the field to cut the lead to 14. Creek continued to battle but the deficit was just too large. 

Battery Creek (2-17, 1-5) travels to Bishop England on Tuesday.

By Brackin Lambert

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