Red Devil boys win first round playoff game

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devil boys varsity basketball team beat Swansea High School in the first round of the regional championship tournament action Tuesday, February 14.

  • Two Wade Hampton athletes await an inbound pass during a Feb. 14 regional tournament game.

The Red Devil boys varsity basketball team held a healthy lead over their Swansea High School competition throughout Tuesday night’s first round postseason battle. Both teams left it all on the court, but in the end the Swansea Tiger boys fell to the Devils, 55-43.

Although the team played well on both sides of the ball, Head Coach Romon Gray said after the game it was his athlete’s defensive skills, specifically their ability to successfully execute half-court traps, which tipped the scales in the favor of Wade Hampton.

“It’s always a good round when you play good defense and you make it to the second round,” said Gray. “Our regular season went really well, especially my first year coaching the boys. They really bought into the program.”

Several athletes made memorable plays during the game, including James Ford, Deon Singleton and Trent Terry. Samuel Gray, Adonis Kelly and Rashane Duncan also played well. The coach went on to highlight the stellar play of two athletes who came off the bench and helped the Devils towards the end of the game; Stacy Taylor and Deon Singleton.

The boys ended their regular season with a record of 15-4 (6-2 in Region AAA action) and tied for second place in their division with Ridgeland-Hardeeville. The pull of WHHS’s growing athletics program has provided the team with several new athletes this season, adding to the Devils’ ability to scorch their opponents.

“We are going to have to take it one game at time. Dillon is a man-to-man team and we are just going to have to be able to handle that pressure,” Gray said of Friday’s matchup.

The boys will play a neutral-site second round playoff game against Dillon High School on Feb. 17 at 7 pm.