Beaufort Academy boys basketball’s expectation-defying season came to a close Tuesday, as the Eagles were ousted in the SCISA 2A quarterfinals with a 63-39 loss to Spartanburg Day at Cardinal Newman in Columbia.
The Eagles were never really in against the Griffins, falling behind early and struggling to find success at the offensive end. Braydon Dineen led the way for BA with 14 points, while freshman center Amarion Wilson added eight, and leading scorer Sully Gay was limited the six.
After losing eight players off last year’s squad and returning only two who played extensive minutes last season, the Eagles exceeded expectations in Nick Field’s first season at the helm, finishing 32-8 and claiming the top spot among 2A teams in SCISA Region 4.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to be here,” Field said. “The boys dug in and worked hard all year. I am incredibly proud of how they worked together and played for each other.”
BA will return most of its roster next season, including its trio of top scorers in Dineen, Wilson, and Gay, as well as point guard Zeke Gonzalez and big man Gavin Midyette.
“Seniors Gideon Watkins and Brandon Trapp will definitely be missed,” Field said. “They have both made a lasting impact on our program and its culture. Now we will work on having a great off season and look to return in November even stronger.”
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