Myrtle Beach knocks off Spring Valley

ablondin@thesunnews.comDecember 30, 2013 

Myrtle Beach earned its 14th win in its history in the Beach Ball Classic in dramatic fashion Monday afternoon.

Senior Solomon Cooper capped a strong game and tournament with a game-winning jump shot with 6 seconds remaining to give the Seahawks a 56-55 win over Spring Valley.

“We have a lot of good seniors and they came out ready to beat a real good Spring Valley team,” Seahawks coach Craig Martin said.

The 6-foot-1 Cooper scored a game-high 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting and added six rebounds and three assists while making 5 of 6 free throws.

“When we played in the Panther Classic he had a good tournament there and he came here and played well, and he had a lot of people keying on him,” Martin said. “And he’s playing within the team, which I’m most proud of.”

In the game’s final seven minutes alone, there were 13 lead changes or ties.

A 3-pointer by Myrtle Beach junior William Gray gave the Seahawks a five-point lead with 3:20 remaining, but Spring Valley tied the game with two minutes remaining.

A Drew Allen jumper put Myrtle Beach up two with 1:50 remaining, a Jordan Bruner layin gave the Vikings a one-point lead with 1:38 left, and a Cooper layup with 1:24 left put Myrtle Beach back up by a point.

A pair of free throws by Chris Adams gave Spring Valley its final lead, and Cooper’s jumper in the final seconds held up after Adams missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Myrtle Beach (8-4) held a 16-point lead in the second half against Bishop O’Connell (Va.) in its opener Thursday but couldn’t hold the lead and fell 73-66, and went 1-2 in the tournament. All but Myrtle Beach’s first tournament win in 1983 have come in the loser’s bracket.

“We were kind of upset about not getting one earlier on, but the kids played hard and came out and competed I think in every game,” Martin said. “They’re starting to expect to win as opposed to kind of hoping.”

Myrtle Beach, which recently integrated a few football players onto the team, played most of the game without a pair of expected starters who were late getting to the high school for the commute to the convention center, and senior Brooks Swanson has a shoulder injury. Coleman Martini had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Seahawks.

“We’ve had a lot of kids step up when others are either injured or on the bench,” Martin said.

Class AAAA Spring Valley fell to 2-10 on the season without its injured star, 6-6 junior PJ Dozier.

•  SPRING VALLEY (55) – Kenneth Legette 7, Jordan Bruner 11, Chris Adams 11, Kendall Wall 5, Ja’lon Williams 1, Noah Haper 3, Jon Miller 12, Rashaad Zimmerman 5.

•  MYRTLE BEACH (56) – Graham Vaughn 2, Solomon Cooper 29, Heath Gray 3, Coleman Martini 12, William Gray 5, DJ Cooper 3, Drew Allan 2.

•  Halftime: Myrtle Beach 27-22. 3-point goals: Spring Valley 6 (Legette 1, Brunder 1, Adams 1, Wall 1, Miller 2), Myrtle Beach 2 (Gray 1, Cooper 1). Team fouls: Spring Valley 18, Myrtle Beach 13. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

•  Records: Spring Valley 2-10, Myrtle Beach 8-4.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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