SUMTER – The pressure is mounting for First Baptist boy's basketball coach Jeff Whittle. Whittle just completed his fourth season as the coach and has now led the Hurricanes to four state titles.

First Baptist defeated Spartanburg Christian, 75-66, in the SCISA Class AA championship game on Saturday, marking the fourth consecutive year the Hurricanes beat Spartanburg Christian in the state finals.

Senior Nate Jenkins scored 28 points and junior Bradford Allen added 15 for the 24-9 Hurricanes. Sophomore Shaquille Richardson also reached double figures, scoring 13 points.

"It was a very competitive game because the two teams know each other so well," said Whittle. "We played our best basketball of the season in the playoffs. I think we peaked at the right time."

First Baptist opened up a 20-point lead in the third quarter before withstanding a fourth quarter rally and sealed the victory with free throws down the stretch.

"Nate had a great game on both ends of the floor," said Whittle. "He was great on defense and hit some big shots when we needed them."

Jenkins closes out an outstanding career with four championship rings and is one of four seniors on the roster this season. The other seniors are Landon Blakey, Michael Bocklet and Greg Gilliam. Blakey also played on all four of the title teams.

"Our seniors were outstanding leaders and were a major reason why we played so well in the playoffs," said Whittle.