The Cougars showed their claws in North Charleston Tuesday but Fort Dorchester fended off the cats to win their second consecutive region victory.
The Patriots held off a feisty Colleton County team to claim a 51-43 victory and improve to 10-3 on the season with a 2-1 mark in Region 8-AAAA. Colleton fell to 3-10 and 0-3.
“They gave us a close game,” Patriot junior William Munoz said. “We usually feed off the crowd and there wasn’t much of one tonight but we keep our heads in the game and played through the tight spots. Moving forward we will need to play good defense and continue to keep our head in the game.”
The Patriots jumped out to a 5-point lead in the opening period and then maintained to take a 30-25 advantage into the half. Colleton cut the lead to 3 in the third and tied things up early in the fourth.
Munoz hit a 3-point jumper with 5:30 remaining to put the Patriots back on top, but the Cougars had some success in the lane to cut the lead to 1 with 1:30 remaining. Then the Patriots took the remaining fight out of the cats with some key free throws from Ky Reese and Travon Hamilton.
Senior Eric Hayward led the Fort scorers with 11 points. Reese added 8 for the Patriots and James McFadden added 7.
Colleton had three players in double figures – Josh Broughton (13), Latrell Nieves (11) and Jami Sanders (10).
The Patriots travel to face region leader Bluffton Friday and host Summerville Jan. 28.
The Fort Dorchester girls fell 63-34 to Colleton Tuesday. Colleton County improved to 13-3 with a 2-1 region mark while the Lady Patriots fell to 5-8 record with a 1-3 region mark.
Fort Dorchester Boys 51, Colleton County Boys 43
FD 17 13 5 16–51
CC 12 13 7 11–43
Fort Dorchester (51): Eric Hayward 11, Reese 8, McFadden 7, Carter 6, Hamilton 6, Bennett 5, Munoz 5, Synpe 2, Fields 1.
Colleton County (43): Broughton 13, Neives 11, Sanders 10, Warren 5, Hand 2, Levine 2.