MYRTLE BEACH — The South Carolina Warriors are in a very familiar spot.
At 5 p.m. Thursday the local ABA team will take on the North Dallas Vandals in the Final Four in Jacksonville.
It’s the same opponent and same site as last year, when the Warriors won 105-85 to advance to the finals, where they lost to the Jacksonville Giants.
The top-seeded Giants (29-1) and second-seeded Vandals (20-2) earned automatic berths into the Final Four, while the Warriors (30-1) and Colorado Kings (15-4) had to play their way in through the Elite 8.
The Giants and Kings play following the Warriors-Vandals tilt.
“We have a really talented team that we have put togeher. For us to be succesful in the Final Four we need to play together as a team offensively and defensively,” said Warriors center Jon Pack, a former Coastal Carolina standout. “The teams that we are going to be playing down here are also very talented but if we play as a team it will make it hard for them to keep up with us.”
The Warriors topped the Jersey Express 89-85 Sunday to earn a spot in the Final Four. However, it was one of few true tests the Warriors faced this season. Their lone loss came against the Giants and most of their wins were by double figures.
“We faced a lot of adversity this year and were challenged in tough games a few times this season … but I believe if we play our best and stick to our game plan we will come out on top,” second-year Warrior and Georgetown native Brendon Knox said.
Should the Warriors win Thursday, they’ll advance to the best-of-three ABA Finals for the second straight year. South Carolina lost in two games to Jacksonville last season. The first two games of the finals are scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Game 3, if necessary, is scheduled for Monday, but no game time has been set.
“I think we have a real good chance of winning the whole thing and bringing back the trophy for our fans and the city of Myrtle Beach,” Hemingway native Pat Lewis said. “We’re just focused on executing the things that we do best and playing great team defense.That’s going be the key.”
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