SOCASTEE — In Craig Martin’s ideal world, his Myrtle Beach boys basketball team will come at opponents in waves.
The Seahawks coach might not be far off from his dream, even if the on-court execution isn’t always there.
Myrtle Beach jumped out to a big lead and then held off a late rally from Socastee and former coach DeAndre Scott on the road Friday, winning 57-46.
“I think we might have got a little lazy,” Martin said of his team’s second-half play after leading by 17 at the half. “We don’t turn the ball over like that. We’re not going to do it again.”
Martin’s substitution patterns were two-fold Friday. First, he wanted to keep an up-tempo game. But it was also in part to some frustration.
The Seahawks struggled to get some of the easy baskets it was getting early after halftime. Myrtle Beach routinely substituted all five players, forcing Socastee to attempt to keep up the pace. The strategy worked, as the Seahawks were more than doubling up the Braves at halftime and kept.
Myrtle Beach senior Brooks Swanson had a productive return to the court, scoring 15 points in his first game since injuring his left shoulder during the Beach Ball Classic.
“He’s an extremely good shooter,” Martin said. “It’s good to see him get back. It’s like a quarterback getting hit – you want to see how to see how he responds.”
Like many of his teammates, Swanson’s first half was significantly better than his second. All but two of his points came before the break.
It gave Martin every excuse to swap all five players at once.
“Sometimes it’s not as efficient,” Swanson said. “It all goes back to keeping up an intensity in practice and in games. It might be hard for some people. But we have faith in the people on the bench.”
In total, 10 Seahawks scored against Socastee. Soloman Cooper and Will Gray finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Braves got a solid chunk of their scoring from two players, Finn Melko (12 points) and Devin Melko (10). Socastee will be back on its own court again on Tuesday against Wilson, another of Scott’s former schools.
Myrtle Beach will have an opportunity to move to 3-0 at home on Tuesday, when the Seahawks play host to St. James. It will be the team’s first true home game since before Christmas. Regardless of location or opponent, though, those hockey-style lineup changes aren’t going anywhere.
“We haven’t had everyone healthy,” Martin said. “We like to run. We like to pressure. We want to get up and down the court.”
• MYRTLE BEACH (57) – Anthony McNeal 2, Tyshame Lewis 2, Graham Vaughn 4, Soloman Cooper 12, Brooks Swanson 15, Drew Allan 3, Malik Waring 2, Coleman Martini 4, Will Gray 11, D.J. Cooper 2.
• SOCASTEE (46) – Devin Melko 10, Dylan Thompson 2, Dante Moore 5, Finn Melko 12, Koel Cutler 8, Adarius McCray 6.
• 3-point goals: Myrtle Beach 5 (Brooks Swanson 3, Will Gray, Drew Allan) Socastee 3 (Devin Melko 2, Dante Moore). Team fouls: MB 19, SOC 9. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Myrtle Beach 10-5, 2-0 Region VII-AAA; Socastee 9-7, 1-1.
Seahawk girls region’s lone unbeaten
Kiana Adderton hit two free throws with 16 seconds remaining and then grabbed a defensive rebound, ending Socastee’s comeback bid as the Myrtle Beach girls won 43-37 on Friday.
The Braves, who trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, made a late game of it with a couple late 3-pointer and some second-chance points. However, it wasn’t enough, as Myrtle Beach remained the lone unbeaten region team.
“We’ve got to fight through this region,” Seahawks coach Jennifer Dennison said. “Whenever you have ‘Myrtle Beach’ across your chest, everybody comes after you.”
The Seahawks (6-8 overall) finished second in the region each of the past two year. This season, the Seahawks now have a good jump-start on returning to the top. After two games each, every other team has now lost at least once in region play.
On Friday, Adderton was a huge reason why Myrtle Beach is in possession of first place. The freshman had a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Nia Sumpter chipped in 11.
The Seahawks’ next game, though, will be as hyped as any until later in February. In addition to playing St. James, Dennison’s team will be playing in front of a packed house. Myrtle Beach High and the City of Myrtle Beach will be honoring former Seahawk and current NBA guard Ramon Sessions.
The game is expected to be sold out, something that could happen well in advance of the 6 p.m. tip-off.
“You should want to play in front of a big crowd,” Dennison said. “You should want to impress Ramon Sessions and do what he’s already accomplished.”
• MYRTLE BEACH (43) – Keocia Walker 6, Kyerra Adderton 5, Nia Sumpter 11, Nakia Black 7, Kiana Adderton 14.
• SOCASTEE (37) – Amber Rutledge 3, Maegan Harrelson 2, Kira Bell 15, Mia Angelo 6, Sierrah McCarthy 11.
• 3-point goals: Myrtle Beach 1 (Kyerra Adderton) Socastee 6 (McCarthy 3, Rutledge, Bell, Angelo). Team fouls: MB 12, SOC 16. Fouled out: Madison Lowe. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Myrtle Beach 6-8, 2-0 Region VII-AAA; Socastee 9-6, 0-2.
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