An aggressive 17-0 Berkeley lead made way for a long night for the Beaufort Eagles. The Stags never turned back as they sealed their 15th consecutive win in a 70-30 victory over Beaufort on Feb. 2.
Berkeley (16-2, 8-0) missed starting forward Trevur Smalls and guard Cody McCay, who were sick. Irvante Yeadon and Tyreik Cooper were out as well. But the Stags rallied to ensure they remained undefeated in region play.
Point Guard Ephraim Bulter led with 22 points and ended the night with two rebounds, three assists and two steals. DJ Chisolm and Ishan White had 13 each.
The second unit saw some significant playing time. Keshawn Wicks had 11 points, followed by Blake Southard with five. Jayan Copeland had four and three rebounds. Javonnie Coaxum chipped in with two points.
White shined Friday night with a double-double that featured 10 rebounds.
“I like to crash the boards and be active as possible,” White said. “My coach got on me about being active on the boards.”
He added that he was glad to see everybody get on the floor.
“Our bench was able to come out,” White said. “That’s important. We like to see those guys on the floor.”
The junior forward had four slams that brought fans to their feet. Most people in the crowd stand when White runs the floor alongside Chisolm on a fast break in anticipation of an alley-oop pass from Chisolm that ends with White throwing it down.
As natural as it looks, the two work behind the scenes to perfect the play.
“That’s my cousin,” White said. “We work on it all the time. Every Sunday at the gym, we’re out here.”
Berkeley will face Colleton County on Feb. 6 (after press time) and Cane Bay on Feb. 8. At best, the Cougars (6-2 in region) could tie the Stags for the region crown if Berkeley loses its last two regular season games.
That’s unlikely though, according to White, who noted the most important aspect right now is “team basketball.”
“We’re going to (the state championship),” White said. “If our guys stay healthy. Continue to do what we’ve been doing. We’re blowing every team out so far. Everybody’s having fun.”