Heartbreak for Beaufort High boys’ basketball postseason

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Photo above: Beaufort’s Monty White, left, tries to maintain control of the ball under the relentless Wilson defense. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Beaufort’s Matt Garay, right, makes another basket during the first half against Wilson.
Beaufort’s Matt Garay, right, makes another basket during the first half against Wilson. 

The Beaufort High boys’ basketball team experienced heartbreak in the Class 3-A playoffs on the 19th. Visiting Wilson pulled away to beat Beaufort High 73-67 in the Class 3-A playoffs on Friday night. Beaufort High lost after Dajour Cleveland drained a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation to push the game into overtime.

In overtime, Wilson took advantage of its offensive opportunities and tightened up on the defensive end, eventually pulling away for the postseason victory. The Eagles, under the direction of head coach Nate Livesay, advanced to meet Wilson after winning a first round game in the playoffs. Determined Wilson clung to a 30-29 lead at halftime.

Full of composure while playing on the road, Wilson led by as many as 17 points. The Tigers owned a late 10-point lead late in regulation before Beaufort High battled back to force the game into overtime. A strong defensive performance and clutch free throw shooting pushed Wilson to the win. The Tigers converted on numerous key possessions and also limited Beaufort High.

The Eagles edged Aiken 53-50 in the first round of the postseason.

Photos by Bob Sofaly.