HANAHAN — The Hanahan Hawks boys basketball team hoped to be declared Region 7-AA champions Wednesday night. But Timberland's 50-40 victory caused a deadlock.
Hanahan, Timberland and Kings-tree all finished with 7-3 region records, and a coin flip will be held at 10 a.m. today to determine this weekend's playoff schedule.
"We're going to flip coins," Timberland coach Jerome Stewart said after his team improved to 17-6 overall. "The teams with the two like coins play Friday night. The loser of that game is the No. 3 seed, and the winner advances to Saturday night's game."
The Wolves rallied from a 24-19 halftime deficit to pick up an impressive road victory. Aldrick Fordham, who is headed to South Carolina on a football scholarship, hit an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:36 left in the third quarter to tie the score at 32. He hit a 3-point basket with 7:43 left in the game to give his squad the lead for good at 35-32. The Hawks didn't quit, but Fordham finished off the Hawks by hitting a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left in the game to make it 44-40 in Timberland's favor.
"Basketball is my secondary love," said Fordham, who scored 15 points, 10 in the second half. "Whenever I get a chance, I'll work on my game and practice my shooting. This was a big win. I'm a senior this year, and when it's time to win a game, I want the ball."
Stewart talked to Fordham and reminded his player that his hoops career is coming to an end.
"Hopefully, he'll have three more weeks," Stewart said. "They beat him up in there. He played the whole game. I told him we were going to squeeze him until all of the blood is out of the turnip. He did a good job."
Stewart said his team was long overdue for a good performance on the road.
"Many times we have been punched on the ropes and got knocked out," he said. "Tonight we responded when we were challenged. We responded the way we have to if we expect to go anywhere in the playoffs."
Jasper Kinlaw led the Wolves with 21 points.
Eric Waddell led Hanahan with 18 points, including 12 in the first half.
Timberland (50): Blanding 2, Jefferson 4, Jiles 2, Kinlaw 21, Whitaker 6, Fordham 15.
Hanahan (40): Aiken 3, Denmark 2, Sanderson 8, Waddell 18, Green 5, Cox 2, Dillon 2.
Halftime: Hanahan, 24-19.