LITTLE RIVER — It sure has been a kind year to North Myrtle Beach’s athletic teams.
The football team picked up its first win in two seasons and finished with four. The girls volleyball team won the Class AAA state title. Now, the Chiefs’ boys basketball team has added another trophy.
North Myrtle Beach used some sharp shooting in order to come out with a 56-49 win over Summerville in the Shootout by the Sea championship on Saturday night.
“It’s exciting,” Chiefs coach Frank Moorhead said. “They deserve it. They’ve worked hard and kept their composure. We didn’t play a good first half but defensively we were able to keep ourselves in the game.”
Moorhead’s team was 8-for-20 from the field on offense. But, defensively North Myrtle Beach forced 11 turnovers. When the first half was all finished, the Chiefs found themselves tied with the Green Wave at 23.
North Myrtle Beach built off that defensive performance in the second half. It opened the second frame with a 10-3 run and had a nine-point lead four minutes into the half.
The run was started by one of the Chiefs’ shooters Matt Lindsey, who drained a 3 to give them a lead. Marshawn Scott and Josh Lindsey followed with buckets, and Scott then added a layup and was fouled going up. Jahlen Livingston rebounded the missed free throw and was fouled on his put back attempt. Livingston hit one of two at the line.
North Myrtle Beach built a 10-point lead with just over eight minutes left. Summerville, though, never gave up and battled its way back.
The Green Wave’s Christian Kalacanic played a key role in a 11-0 run, which allowed them to take a 41-38 lead with 5:30 left in the game. Kalacanic hit two free throws to start things off and followed a Chris McKinnon jumper with a put-back score. Brandon Wilkerson hit three free throws of a technical foul and a shooting foul to get within one. Kalacanic and McKinnon scored on back-to-back buckets.
“We took the lead,” Summerville coach Greg Elliott said. “The Lindsey kid, one of them, hit the dang 3 and just took our momentum from us. We knew it was going to be tough trying to beat the host team.
“We didn’t shoot well tonight and we haven’t all year. [North Myrtle Beach is] a great team and their defense had a lot to do with our poor shooting.”
Lindsey’s 3 took the wind out of the Green Wave’s sails. Then, to add insult to injury, his brother, Matt, drained another 3 to reclaim the lead for North Myrtle Beach. Josh Lindsey ended with a game-high 19 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Matt Lindsey had 11 points and tournament MVP Jaquan Grissett added double-digit scoring with 12.
“Everybody knows who can shoot it and who can’t,” Moorhead said of his team. “We just have to keep our composure and give our offense time. When we do that, usually good things happen.”
• SUMMERVILLE (49) – John Jenkins 15, Brandon Wilkerson 14, Christian Kalacanic 10, Timmy Singleton 4, Chris McKinnon 6.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (56) – Jahlen Livingston 4, Marshawn Scott 8, Josh Lindsey 19, Jaquan Grissett 12, Matt Lindsey 11, Forrest Vereen 2.
• Halftime: Tie 23-23. 3-point field goals: Summerville 2 (Jenkins, Wilkerson); North Myrtle Beach 8 (J. Lindsey 4, Grissett, M. Lindsey 3). Team Fouls: Summerville 17; North Myrtle Beach 16. Fouled out: Jenkins, Scott. Technical fouls: Grissett.
• Records: Summerville 7-2; North Myrtle Beach 8-2.