FLORENCE — Isaiah Holloway saved his best basketball for the postseason.
The Burke sophomore guard scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs pulled away for a 61-52 win over Hannah-Pamplico on Saturday in the boys Class A Lower State championship.
Burke advances to the state championship game and will play Fox Creek next week in Columbia. “That was big-time,” Burke coach Deon Richardson said of Holloway. “He has been playing big all playoffs. He has been a spark plug for us. He is carrying a lot on him and is playing big-time basketball.”
Holloway’s 18 points were four off a season high set against Charleston Math and Science on Dec. 16. He came into the game averaging 9.2 points a game but has scored in double in figures in all four playoff games.
Holloway helped sparked a 10-2 run over 1:30 late in the fourth to put the Bulldogs (24-4) up 61-50 and send them back to the state championship game in their first season since dropping down from Class 2A.
Brian Hamilton tied Holloway with 14 points as five Burke players scored in double figures.
“We showed some poise and played like we have been playing all year long,” Richardson said. “We played to win.”
The loss ended a storybook season for the Raiders, who were making their first Lower State title appearance. Hannah-Pamplico won its first region title in more than two decades and rallied around coach Solomon Williamson, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July.
Williamson put off more radiation until after the season so he could be with his team during their push for the postseason. He plans to travel to Savannah this week and think about his next option.
“There is a game we have to play and it is a game called life,” Williamson said. “The game just proved the importance of closeness and togetherness. We have done that. We have brought our community together and the team has gotten stronger.
“We are going to get better. It hurts right now but we are going to advance past this.”
Roy Ellis led H-P (19-8) with 16 points, and Nick Eaddy had 13.
The Raiders led 24-23 at halftime but trailed most of the second half. H-P got it to 50-46 on Eaddy’s layup with 4:06 left but managed just two field goals the rest of the way.
“They came out and instilled their type of basketball on us,” Williamson said of Burke. They were physical and we couldn’t get over that.”
Hannah-Pamplico (52): Beach 3, Brown 2, Self 11, Ellis 16, Jenkins 5, Eaddy 13, Grice 2
Burke (61): Holloway 14, Robinson 10, Harley 3, White 10, Sanders 10, Hamilton 14.