The Berkeley Stags took advantage of a five-minute scoring drought by Hilton Head to start the game and staved off a furious Sea Hawk comeback to hold on for their first Region 7AAA win of the season 55-51 on Jan. 14.
While the Stags didn’t set the twine on fire in jumping out to a 7-0 first quarter lead over the game’s first five minutes, the early advantage was a lead they never lost to go 8-6 overall and 1-0 in Region 7AAA play.
“You can throw records out the window now,” said Coach Joe Wallace. “It’s about who’s mentally prepared and which group has created that much-needed team chemistry.”
Dee Harley poured in six of his team high 12 points during the game’s first eight minutes.
In the second quarter it was Demery Ford’s turn to find the hot hand, scoring all six of his points leading into the first half to give Berkeley a 25-20 lead going into the locker room.
The Stags extended their lead to 10 points in the third quarter 38-28 as both teams had trouble finding the bottom of the basket.
In the fourth quarter the Sea Hawks got hot as Troy Clifford worked inside to pour in 11 of his game high 17 points in the game’s final eight minutes.
Hilton Head would close the gap to just 43-41 with just over three minutes remaining in the game but could not take the lead.
Matthew Harkness scored six of his eight points in the fourth quarter and helped squelch the Hilton Head comeback efforts with a pair of big steals off the Stags’ full court press.
While Harley was the only This week’s games include James Island and Orangeburg-Wilkinson as the Region 7AAA schedule kicks into high gear.
“All of the teams in our region are usually tough and I don’t expect this year to be any different,” Wallace said.