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Hanahan High School

Hawks aiming for postseason spot


By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

HANAHAN – The Hanahan High School boys basketball team heads into the home stretch with plenty work to do if it wants to lock in a spot in the Class 3A playoffs.

The Hawks are 1-3 against Region 7-AAA foes after falling in a tight battle at Manning High School on Jan. 21. The Monarchs pulled out a 63-60 victory to drop the Hawks to 4-15 overall.

“We’re not where we need to be but we’re getting better,” Hanahan coach Pieter Smits said.

Hanahan started out 1-10 but has a 3-5 record in its last eight games. The Hawks travel to Waccamaw on Jan. 24 and start the second trip through region play at unbeaten Bishop England on Jan. 28 and Academic Magnet on Jan. 31.

The Hawks’ lone region win came at home against Academic Magnet, 51-37, on Jan. 14. Smits figures the Hawks have to win at least two more region games to be in the playoff conversation. Three should mathematically get them in.

Freshman forward Keith Bryant paces the Hawks in scoring at 8.1 points per game, followed by senior guard Chevy Campbell (6.9 ppg) and senior forward Trenton Pew (5.7 ppg). Campbell has been hot of late, reaching double digits in four straight games.

More consistent contributors to the scoreboard are senior point guard Jason Albach and junior center Kit Cooper.

Albach, Cooper and Bryant are the top rebounders. Albach dishes out the most assists and Bryant leads in blocks.

Off the bench, sophomore guard Abbott Schutz is a 3-point specialist and Matt Ancell (6-8, 350) makes the most of his minutes in the post. Freshman Malik Horry gives the Hawks depth in the backcourt.

Schutz made four 3-pointers in a loss to Georgetown and Ancell grabbed five rebounds against Manning.

“This team is molding at the right time,” Smits said. “We’re finally getting the offense together. The defense has been there all year. The seniors are stepping up and the youngsters aren’t acting as young anymore. This is time to do it. We’ve got the ability to string some wins together and make the playoffs.”






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