ORANGEBURG — Nolin Butler hit 12 of 14 free throws and finished with a game-high 27 points to lead Myrtle Beach over Orangeburg-Wilkinson 60-51 in the second round of the Class AAA Lower State playoffs.
As a team, the Seahawks were 17-of-20 from the charity stripe on the game and Butler was 11-of-12 in the fourth quarter alone.
“We got to get the ball to the right guy,” Myrtle Beach coach Craig Martin said. “Our kids have been in a lot of tough situations this year. The kids just kept their composure and were making shots when they needed to make them.”
As for the Bruins, they were a meager 5-of-21 from the free throw line. Tashombe Riley led Orangeburg-Wilkinson with 15 points and Lorenzo Riley added 12 points.
With the win, the Seahawks advanced to play Darlington in the Lower State semifinals on Tuesday at home.
“We knew going into the game [Orangeburg-Wilkinson was] big and athletic,” Martin said. “We planned on getting after them. They did a good job of slowing us down. We had a lot of kids step up. Every guy we called tonight went in and played well tonight.”
Mason Lewis added 13 points for Myrtle Beach.
• MYRTLE BEACH (60) – Tyshame Lewis 6, Graham Vaughn 6, Nolin Butler 27, Mason Lewis 13, Solomon Cooper 8
• ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON (51) – Jermaine Johnson 2, Tyree Curry 6, John Charlie 6, Jordan Learis 8, Tashombe Riley 15, Tyler Davis 2, Lorenzo Riley 12
• 3-point goals: Myrtle Beach 6 (T. Lewis, Butler 3, M. Lewis 2). Team fouls: Myrtle Beach 18, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 21. Fouled out: T. Riley. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Myrtle Beach (15-11)
High school boys basketball
• (At) Carvers Bay 56, Military Magnet 35 | Da’Shaun Aiken had a game-high 28 points to lead Carvers Bay over Military Magnet in the second round of the Class A Lower State playoffs.
The Bears relied on a stifling defense and built a 38-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With the win, they will next play Johnsonville.
Shaquand Durrand was the only other Carvers Bay player to score in double figures with 10.
Scott Hollis led Military Magnet with 10 points.
• MILITARY MAGNET (35) – Diamonte Moore 2, Steven Archie 7, Joel Clark 6, De’angelo Rivers 2, Scott Hollis 10, Kadeem Woods 8
• CARVERS BAY (56) – Walter Linnen 5, Shayton Durrand 6, Shaquand Durrand 10, Da’Shaun Aiken 28, Chris Carter 2, Stephon Hannah 2, Darius Williams 5
• 3-point goals: Military Magnet 1 (Archie); Carvers Bay 3 (Linnen, Shay. Durrand, Shaq. Durrand). Team fouls: Military Magnet 21, Carvers Bay 18. Fouled out: K. Woods, D. Moore. Technical fouls: None.
High school girls basketball
• (At) Orangeburg-Wilkinson 55, Myrtle Beach 41 | Christina Myers had 13 points and Tanisha Brown added 12, but the Seahawks saw their season end in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
• ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON (55) – Zaria Snipes 13, Nabresha Hughes 6, Dejoria Howard 4, Kiara Mitchell 4, Shay Jackson 3, Sade Johnson 6, Vondria Ritter 11, Sau’kita Glover 9
• MYRTLE BEACH (41) – Kyeria Anderson 2, Nia Sumpter 5, Nakia Black 7, Tasha Chestnut 2, Christina Myers 13, Tanisha Brown 12
• King Academy 46, Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 41 | Simi Oduwole (18 points, 21 rebounds) and Mary Chandler Butler (13 points, 10 steals) each had a double-double in the Saints’ first round SCISA Class A state playoff loss at Wilson Hall.
Oduwole also had five steals.
• CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF MYRTLE BEACH (41) – Caroline Gore 4, Mary Chandler Butler 13, Simi Oduwole 18, Rebekah Bowers 6
• KING ACADEMY (46) – N/A
• 3-point goals: CAMB 1 (Butler). Team fouls: CAMB 14. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach (7-12)
• The Coastal Carolina softball dropped a pair of games in the USF Tournament, falling 5-2 to the Bulls and 8-0 to Tennessee.
Cacia Pierre had three hits in the first game and posted the only hit in the nightcap as the Vols’ Erin Gabriel dominated on the mound.