BE hoops' teams undefeated in region as playoffs begin
It’s been a season to remember for the Bishop England High School basketball teams.
The varsity boys’ team, coached by Bryan Grevey, is 18-5 heading into the playoffs and won its first region championship since the 2006-07 season when the Bishops went 20-8, including 9-2 in league play.
This winter, the Bishops completed Region 8-AAA play with an 8-0 record. It is believed that it’s the first time in school history that the Bishops have gone undefeated in region play.
The Bishop girls, coached by Paul Runey, continued their hoops mastery with a 19-3 regular season record, including 8-0 in league play.
The Bishop girls begin defense of their state title with a first-round home game on Feb. 13. The boys’ playoffs begin the following night. The season concludes with the Weekend of Champions, which is slated for March 3-4 at the Colonial Life Arena on the campus of the University of South Carolina
The Bishop England girls’ success has been remarkable in recent years. The Bishops are 146-14 the past four seasons.
Rhetta Moore leads the Bishops in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game. She averages 3.6 assists per outing. Christine Egede leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game,
The Bishop girls topped Keenan 53-37 in last year’s Class AA state championship to become only the third Class AA team in South Carolina High School League history to win three straight state titles, and only the second team to win four titles in five years.
The Bishop boys, meanwhile, will be seeking their first playoff victory since Feb. 13, 2008 when they defeated Barnwell 74-67.
The Bishops have played a demanding schedule and three of their losses have been to rival Porter-Gaud, arguable the best team in the Palmetto State. The Bishops also dropped a pair of games to Class AAAAA Wando.
Brendan McHale leads the team with 21.1 points per game while handing out 3.6 assists per game.
He was selected as one of the top five seniors in the preseason by the state coaches association and has lived up to that status. He’s scored more than 1,000 points in his career and will matriculate to Sewanee.
Senior Christian Drummond is a force with 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Three-sport star Leo Albano leads the team with 3.8 assists per game.
The Hanahan boys’ and girls’ teams were scheduled to close out the regular season Tuesday night with region games against Lake Marion.
The boys entered the game with a 4-19 record, including 1-6 in league play. The Hawk girls were 6-11, 1-6.