It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, and after an uneven start reloading following a run to last year’s state title game, Hilton Head High boys basketball seems to be peaking in time for another postseason run.
The Seahawks were able to shake off a sluggish start and use balanced scoring and a terrific fourth quarter to claim a 51-47 victory at May River on Tuesday for their third straight win following a three-game skid against playoff-bound teams.
The Sharks jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes, but the Seahawks responded and closed the first quarter on a 13-2 run, finding success inside with Jourdin Nelson-Davis. May River’s James Layman heated up in the second quarter to help the Sharks pull even at 22 at halftime, then Josh Evander erupted for 10 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter to propel the Sharks to a 10-3 run to start the quarter and a 39-36 lead going to the final eight minutes.
The Seahawks seem to have a different role player step up each night of late, and on Tuesday it was Jo’Corey Walters, who scored all of his 10 points in the second half, including a huge 3-pointer down the stretch. Alex Smith came up with a couple of huge buckets in the fourth to lead Hilton Head High to a five-point advantage, but the Sharks clawed back within two in the final minute.
Smith went to the line with 17 seconds left and hit both ends to make it a four-point game, and Layman and Gavin Blocker each had 3-pointers bounce in and out as the Seahawks closed it out.
Karyce Campbell scored 11 points, and Smith, Nelson-Davis, and Walters added 10 each for Hilton Head High. Evander had 18 points and Layman added 13 for the Sharks.
The Seahawks (13-8, 6-3) will put their winning streak on the line Friday when they host first-place Beaufort High. May River (12-7, 5-5) travels to Lucy Beckham on Tuesday.
By Justin Jarrett
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