Through the years, the Beach Ball Classic has become one of the top high school holiday basketball tournaments in the nation. On paper, at least, the 2017 edition has the potential to be one of its best.
Timing is everything … even when it comes to the flu bug. The infamous influenza wasn’t the only thing that proved contagious early on last week, as blowouts at the Beach Ball Classic were much the same.
No team racked up more frequent flier miles en route to the Beach Ball Classic than Westchester (Calif.), making its way to the Grand Strand from Los Angeles. Checking luggage and other items can tend to be quite the tedious process ahead of boarding a plane. But as the Comets prepared to head back home, they were more than happy to add something else to their baggage claim.
Jordan Wright’s future may be on the football field, but he was very much living in the moment on the basketball court Saturday, scoring a game-high 23 points for Dillard (Fla.) to help lead the Panthers to a 54-51 overtime win over Pace Academy (Ga.) in the third-place game of the Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Carlo Dubria scored a game-high 22 points and Shae Linton-Brown added 17 as Father Henry Carr (Canada) cruised to a 84-55 win over Socastee in Saturday's opening game of the final day of the Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
After trailing the entire game, Providence (Fla.) had a chance at a game-winning shot in the closing seconds, but Zackery Bryant’s driving shot in a crowd wouldn’t fall as Christ the King (N.Y.) held on for a 49-48 victory in the Consolation Championship game of the Beach Ball Classic on Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Rhode Island commitment Daron Russell and South Carolina signee David Beatty combine for 41 points, eight steals, seven assists and 11 rebounds in Imhotep Charter School’s 80-52 semifinal win over Dillard (Fla.) at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Friday.
One final day chock full of hoops action remains in this year’s Beach Ball Classic. Yet that isn’t keeping tournament organizers from peering ahead to the future, and what it could hold for one of the nation’s top prep hoops holiday fixtures.
Dillard went 1-2 in the 2000 Beach Ball with losses to Simon Gratz (Pa.) and Westover (Ga.) and a win over Mount Vernon (N.Y.). That experience gave 24-year Dillard coach Darryl Burrows some perspective that he tried to impart to his team prior to this year’s tournament.
Days of rest have proven hard to come by for the Evanston Township (Ill.) basketball team. So with Thursday somewhat of a day of rest for coaches and players at the Beach Ball Classic, the Wildkits took full advantage of the opportunity to relax and recharge ahead of their final two contests at the prestigious event.