LITTLE RIVER — The Lindsey brothers have led the way all year for North Myrtle Beach.
Thursday was no different.
Matt Lindsey scored a game-high 19 points and Josh Lindsey added 10 points as the Chiefs took down James Island 59-41 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
“Matt is our leader so he kind of controlled the tempo,” North Myrtle Beach coach Frank Moorhead said. “He had a good game. But both of them played well so that was important.”
The Lindsey brothers combined for 13 of the Chiefs’ 20 first quarter points, and North Myrtle Beach opened the game on a 14-6 run.
“[The run] helped us a lot,” Matt Lindsey said. “It gave us momentum and we carried it throughout the game.”
In fact, North Myrtle Beach never surrendered its lead and led by as many as 18 points with about 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Matt Lindsey scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter, and the Chiefs led 48-35 at the end of the frame.
“I was just more composed,” Matt Lindsey said. “I was able to get some open looks and get some layups. But my teammates played well.”
Cameron Gore and Matt Stanaland had 10 points each for the Chiefs, who had four players finish in double figures.
“It sounds cliche but it was a good team effort,” Moorhead said. “We got off to a fast start and kind of eased off a little bit. In the second half we played a little bit of defense and passed the ball better. I’m very pleased, [James Island] is a good team. But it was a good team effort.”
The Chiefs outrebounded James Island 31-26 and outscored them 34-24 inside the paint. North Myrtle Beach was also strong from the field, going 21-of-42 (50 percent).
“We weren’t very consistent defensively,” Moorhead said. “We started out well and in the second quarter we had some breakdowns. In the second half we held them to just 16 points so that was good.”
Brady Schuch paced the Trojans (12-12) with a team-high 14 points and Lyles Davis chipped in nine points.
“I thought they stuck together,” Moorhead said of James Island.
Now that the Chiefs (21-5) have moved on, they will have to travel to Darlington on Saturday to take on the Falcons, which defeated Brookland-Cayce on Thursday.
“It gets tougher now,” Moorhead said. “Darlington is one of the best teams in the state; very athletic. We have to play solid basketball. We’re not the biggest team but we need to just do the little things well to continue our season.”
• JAMES ISLAND (41) – Lyles Davis 9, Tre’von Grant 6, Devontre Hamilton 4, Brady Schuch 14, Maurice Hardimon 2, Josh McGauley 2, Noah Munn 2, Ryan Braswell 2.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (59) – Josh Lindsey 10, Colby Gore 4, Tyrique Robinson 4, Matt Lindsey 19, Cameron Gore 10, Matthew Stanaland 10, Doodle Hill 2.
• 3-point goals: James Island 2 (Davis, Schuch); North Myrtle Beach 2 (Stanaland). Team fouls: James Island 15, North Myrtle Beach 10. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: James Island 12-12, North Myrtle Beach 21-5
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