HSBBB: BA holds off HHCA in OT thriller

HSBBB: BA holds off HHCA in OT thriller

Hilton Head Christian Academy boys basketball had its chances to close out a signature road win at Beaufort Academy on Tuesday, but the host Eagles had the upper hand in overtime to squeak out a 50-46 win. 

Sully Gay continued his stellar sophomore campaign with 16 points and eight rebounds to lead BA to its fifth straight win. Zeke Gonzalez collected eight points, six rebounds, and five steals, and Braydon Dineen added seven points, five boards, and four steals for BA.

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Isaiah Anderson put HHCA on his back with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the visiting Eagles were unable to close it out at the foul line in regulation and managed only one bucket — a Qayden Turner 3-pointer — in the extra period. 

BA bolted to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter, but HHCA dug in and trimmed the margin to five by halftime. BA struggled at the offensive end in the third quarter, and HHCA pulled ahead by one, setting up a back-and-forth battle down the stretch.

Both teams had opportunities to take the lead in the final seconds but couldn’t take advantage, and BA’s defense locked down in the extra period, while Zeke Gonzalez and Eddy Gonzalez each came up with big buckets and Gay converted a three-point play. 

Wells Sharp added eight points and five rebounds, Qayden Turner had six points and nine boards, and Brady Bagenstose collected six points and six rebounds to complement Anderson’s big night for Jason Grunkemeyer’s team. Jace Blackshear scored five points in his second game since returning from hand surgery following the football season.

“Hats off to Jason and HHCA,” BA coach Nick Field said. “Those guys gave us everything they had and it really pushed us. Jace Blackshear being back makes HHCA a dangerous team down the stretch. I’m proud of our guys’ resolve. All 12 guys contributed in a tight game.” 

BA (28-5, 7-1) hosts Colleton Prep on Friday, while HHCA (6-10, 3-5) travels to Hilton Head Prep on Friday.

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