Creek boys close out rivalry win over Eagles in empty gym

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Battery Creek’s boys waited out a delay of nearly 30 minutes, then finished out a 70-67 home win over rival Beaufort High on Saturday.

Play was halted with 2:46 remaining in the game after a skirmish broke out in the crowd, resulting in officials clearing the gym of everyone except players, administrators, cheerleaders, and media. When play resumed 28 minutes later, the Dolphins were clinging to a 62-58 lead. 

The Eagles clawed within 68-66 and had two free throws with a chance to tie it with 8 seconds left, but they converted only one foul shot and the Dolphins closed out a hard-fought victory. Daviyone Sanders scored 14 points, Obie Wilson and Amoni Waring added 13 apiece, and David Grober had 11 to lead Battery Creek.

“I told our guys to keep our composure, we’ve still got a game to play and we’ve still got to be locked in,” Brown said of the delay. “We try to get these guys to understand that if you play basketball, (discipline) is key. We don’t want any nonsense, and in order to be successful, that stuff has to stay on the outside.”

Rush Riley scored 18 points, Oliver Holmes had 17, and Ben VanHise added 10 to lead the Eagles. 

“We played a hard-fought game and had some chances at the end to take the lead or tie, but couldn’t convert,” Beaufort coach Jeremy Huff said.

Warren, Eagle girls hold off strong challenge from Creek

Beaufort High’s girls got off to a quick start and held on for a hard-fought 39-36 road win over rival Battery Creek on Saturday.

Layla Warren poured in 23 points and Sequioa Smalls returned from first-half foul trouble to score all eight of her points in the second half to help the Eagles secure the non-region win.

Starr Reed and Trezure Siplin each had nine points, and Nani Singleton added seven for the Dolphins.

Above: Beaufort’s Oliver Holmes tries to keep the ball as Battery Creek’s Donald Green reaches in late in the game Saturday at Battery Creek. Despite a 30 minute delay after a fight broke in the stands during the fourth quarter, the Dolphin were able to maintain their lead over the Eagles to win 70-67. Photo by Bob Sofaly.