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Pinewood Prep basketball teams have sights set on playoffs

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Making the playoffs out of region 1-AAA in SCISA is a pretty big deal in boys basketball.

The league is one of the most competitive in the state’s private school ranks and Pinewood Prep is often among the title contenders. Coach Pat Eidson has won more than 800 games and has taken his Panthers’ program to several state championships over his 30-year career.

The region also includes three-time defending state champion Porter-Gaud, as well as another state title contender in First Baptist. First Baptist already has victories over Pinewood and Porter-Gaud this season.

 Pinewood Prep clearly has a team capable of challenging for the region title, which also puts them in contention for the AAA SCISA title. The Panthers are 15-7 overall heading into a January 18 non-region game against SCISA AA title contender Hilton Head Prep.

The Panthers, as Eidson has stated, live and die by the three-point shot and the club has several threats from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Cohen Gaskins had connected on 41 three-pointers, shooting at 38 percent from beyond the arc, in 22 games. Gaskins is averaging 15.9 points per game, to go with 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest.

Senior guard Jay Pryor is averaging 16.3 points and 7.1 boards per game. He has connected on 21 treys this season.

Senior 6-6 forward Ben Diffley is averaging a double-double with 13.5 points and 11.7 rebounds while hitting 24 shots from beyond the arc.

Junior Josh Higuchi had hit 37 three’s and is averaging 8.6 points per game.

Pinewood is 1-1 in region play, with a win over Northwood Academy and a loss to Porter-Gaud. The loss to First Baptist came in a holiday tournament.

The Panthers will play First Baptist on January 25th and again on February 12, the last game of the regular season. The rematch with Porter-Gaud comes on February 1st. The Panthers also have non-region games with Camden Military and Laurence Manning Academy.

Meanwhile, coach Tony Bulford’s girls team also hopes to battle for a playoff spot in AAA. The Panthers sit 8-6 overall but lost their first two region games to Northwood and Porter-Gaud.

The team has been without one of its top players, junior Emma Robertson, for most of this season. Robertson has returned to action for two games and is averaging 12 points per game.

Junior guard Daryan Bryant is the team’s leading scorer at 16.9 points per game. Bryant also averages 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 4.1 assists per game.

Senior forward Mary Grace Robertson is averaging 7.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game this season.

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