The Beaufort Academy Eagles pose after winning the Cougar Classic. Submitted photo.

BA blows out Branchville for Cougar Classic crown


Two tourneys, two titles for Beaufort Academy boys basketball, and the Eagles have their sights set on another one this week. 

The Eagles blitzed Branchville for a 30-1 run to start the game and cruised to a 67-18 victory over the Yellow Jackets in the championship game of the Cougar Classic on Wednesday in Walterboro. 

Braydon Dineen led the way with 14 points for the Eagles, whose starters saw limited minutes in the blowout after BA opened up a 35-4 halftime lead. Gideon Watkins added 10 points off the bench, Gavin Midyette and Zeke Gonzalez scored nine each, and Amarion Wilson, Sully Gay, and Jaxen Porter each scored six in a balanced effort. 

Wilson earned tournament MVP honors after putting up 19 points and 10 boards in a semifinal win over Hanahan, and Gay joined him on the all-tournament team. 

In Tuesday’s semifinal, BA took down another solid public school squad, holding off Hanahan for a 72-63 win. 

Gay had another big night for BA with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting along with six rebounds and two assists, and Wilson collected 19 points and 10 boards to power the Eagles to their seventh straight win. 

Zeke Gonzalez added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in another solid all-around showing for BA, and Dineen contributed 11 points, six boards, three assists, and four steals. 

The Hawks outshot the Eagles 52 percent to 44.8 percent, but BA dominated inside, winning the rebounding battle 42- 28 and outscoring Hanahan 44-22 in the paint. 

”When we fly around on defense and share the ball, we usually deserve to win,” BA coach Nick Field said. “Gavin Midyette gave us some really good minutes and grabbed some very important rebounds.” 

BA (16-3) plays in the Colleton Prep Holiday Classic this week. 

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