High school basketball playoffs kick off this week for 43 Lowcountry teams | Sports

Fort Dorchester’s men’s basketball program has been one of the best in the state for the past three years. And the Patriots are looking to make their longest playoff streak as the SC High School League playoffs begin this week.

Fort Dorchester is 50-8 the past three seasons, including a 21-1 record this season. Last season, the Patriots navigated an interrupted regular season, due to COVID-19 protocols and quarantines, and entered the playoffs with a 9-0 record. The season ended abruptly with a first-round playoff loss to River Bluff.

“COVID really messed it up last year,” coach Thomas McElveen said. “We never really picked up the pace and it cost us in the playoffs. This year, playing a full season has really helped us grow as a team. We think we’re much better prepared for the playoffs.

Fort Dorchester begins its Class AAAAA playoff run Feb. 16, hosting Berkeley. The Patriots have an experienced roster that includes eight seniors and a deep bench. Senior forward Demetris McKelvey leads the team with 12.2 points per game.

“Our balance and depth are the strengths of this team,” McElveen said. “We are difficult to defend because we have so many guys who can score for us. And our depth allows us to wear people down.

Fort Dorchester is one of several ranked teams in the region looking to qualify for the playoffs. Both the boys’ and girls’ programs at Cane Bay have had their best seasons and each is hosting home playoff games this week. Both teams won their first ever 7-AAAAA Region Championships this season.

Philip Simmons’ men’s team went 23-3 in the regular season and entered the playoffs on a 12-game winning streak. Those 12 wins are in double digits.

The Bishop England girls finished the regular season at 16-6 after a 5-5 start. The Bishops went to the 8-AAA Region Championship with an unblemished league mark.

The Timberland girls won their first regional title since 2011. Wolves won the Region 6-AA crown this season.

The Baptist Hill men’s team enters the Class A playoffs with a 17-1 record. Junior Kaleb Brown leads six players with a double-digit average at 18.1 points per game.

CMHS Basketball Playoffs

Boys

Class AAAAA (February 16)

West Ashley in Wando

Goose Creek in Summerville

Ashley Ridge in Cane Bay

Berkeley to Fort Dorchester

Class AAAA (February 17)

Lucy Beckham in May River

Darlington to James Island

Class AAA (February 16)

Manning in North Charleston

Academic Magnet at Crestwood

Bishop England at Lakewood

Marlboro County at Oceanside Collegiate

Class AA (February 17)

Edisto in Woodland

Silver Bluff to Philip Simmons

Timberland in Marion

Class A (February 17)

Cross at Southside Christian

St. John’s to Carver’s Bay

Military magnet at Scott’s Branch

East Clarendon to Baptist Hill

Girls

Class AAAAA (February 17)

Ashley Ridge in Stratford

Wando at the stall

Fort Dorchester in Cane Bay

Berkeley to Summerville

AAAA class (February 16)

West Florence on James Island

Colleton County to Aiken

Lucy Beckham in Hartsville

Class AAA (February 17)

Hanahan in Camden

Manning to Bishop England

Marlboro County at Oceanside Collegiate (February 16)

Class AA (February 16)

Woods at Silver Bluff

Barnwell at Philip Simmons

Edisto at Timberland

Burke at Andrew Jackson

Class A (February 16)

St. John’s at High Point Academy

Palmetto Fellows in East Clarendon

Scott branch in Cross

Hemingway at the military magnet

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