Friday night’s Region 8-AAA basketball game between Hanahan and Hilton Head was a perfect example as to why no team can ever take anything for granted.
Hanahan entered the game on top of the Region 8-AAA standings with a 4-1 record while the visiting Seahawks were only 1-4 in league play.
When all was said and done, Hilton Head had posted a 47-41 win over Hanahan, sending the Hawks into a logjam for the Region 8 lead.
“It was a frustrating night all the way around,” Hanahan coach Pieter Smits said. “We missed a lot of easy shots, we had way too many turnovers, and Hilton Head played hard. I thought we played hard, too, but we just made too many mistakes.
“That’s how it is in this region. Every game is so close, so competitive. Every night is a real dogfight. I told our guys not to underestimate Hilton Head. I don’t think we did. I just thought we didn’t play very well.”
Hanahan (11-7 overall) struggled from the field from the outset but managed to hold a 12-11 lead after the first quarter. Poor shooting continued in the second period as the Hawks managed just four points and trailed, 22-16, at halftime.
Hilton Head guard Bryce Singleton, who finished with 10 points, sparked a 6-0 run early in the third quarter to push the Seahawks to a 30-22 lead. Hanahan senior guard Keiontae Dubose, however, rallied the Hawks with nine points over the last five minutes and the Hawks trailed, 34-30, heading into the fourth. Dubose finished with a game-high 16 points.
Hanahan tied the game at 36 with 5:40 to play and appeared to be taking control but the Seahawks scored the next eight points to take a 44-36 lead with under four minutes to play. Hanahan would get no closer than four points down the stretch.
“We probably had 10 turnovers there in the fourth quarter,” Smits said. “All we can do is learn from this and move on to the next one. I say that every game, win or lose. We have to move on and get ready for our next game. We have to continue to get better.”
Senior forward Tre Smalls added 11 points for Hanahan while Ty Pope led Hilton Head with 14 points.
Hanahan will visit Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Tuesday night.
“We know what lies ahead, it’s a big challenge,” Smits said.
HILTON HEAD 47, HANAHAN 41
Hilton Head (47): Ty. Pope 14, Wright 11, Singleton 10, Schwartz 6, Clifford 5, Fallon 1.
Hanahan (41): Tre Smalls 11, Keiontae Dubose 11, McKnight 5, McLauren 4, Watson 4, Brady 3, Bennett 2.
Hilton Head 11 11 12 13—47
Hanahan 12 4 14 11—41
Records: Hanahan 11-7 (4-2). Next: Hanahan at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Tuesday.