By Gabriel Jenkins
Bluffton’s boys rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to win 67-59 at Beaufort High on Tuesday, spoiling the Eagles’ season finale.
The Eagles played aggressive defense early, getting blocks and steals throughout the first quarter and building a nine-point lead midway through the second before leading 33-25 at halftime.
The Bobcats started to find the range on offense in the third quarter, and they slowly crept back into the game before pulling even at 52 to end the period.
Bluffton took control in the fourth quarter, using good ball movement and fast-break points to pull ahead. The Eagles regrouped and brought the lead down to five points with one minute left, but they couldn’t close the gap.
Lee Kirkland led the Bobcats with 22 points, and Tyler Rice added 15. Zyrin Odom led the Eagles with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Ollie Holmes put up 15 points.
Bobcats beat Eagles to complete perfect region run
Bluffton’s girls finished off their perfect run through the Region 7-4A schedule with a 55-30 road win over Beaufort High on Tuesday.
Tacoya Heyward scored 13 of her game-high 17 games in the first quarter to help the Bobcats race out to a 21-1 lead after one quarter. Tatyana Aiken added 13 points for the Bobcats, and Kayleigh Washington had eight.
Layla Warren scored 13 points, and Sequoia Smalls had seven for the Eagles.
Beaufort’s Rush Riley, left, outmaneuvers Bluffton’s Lee Kirkland and moves in to score during the first half Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Beaufort High School. The Eagles lost to the Bobcats 67-59. Photos by Bob Sofaly.