High School Sports

HS hoops roundup: Myrtle Beach boys building momentum as tourney season looms

A leak in the roof above the Myrtle Beach High gym altered the Seahawks’ schedule Friday, postponing its hoops doubleheader with rival Carolina Forest.

When business picked up the following night, the boys basketball team in particular showed at least one facet of its game didn’t need revamping.

Ten players scored for Myrtle Beach as it earned a season sweep of Carolina Forest with an 82-59 win. In the game, the Seahawks knocked down six 3-pointers.

With the victory, it moved to 4-1 on the season. Though certainly excited about his team’s early strides, coach Craig Martin was quick to ask all to pump their brakes.

“They are getting better, but we still have a long way to go,” he said.

Robert Swanson’s shot has shown no early season rust, with the senior guard averaging 19 points per game. Emorie Knox has also emerged as a key cog, hitting double figures in four of the Seahawks’ five games.

Martin expects their contributions to be consistent throughout the year. Yet, the Myrtle Beach coach doesn’t see either of them as the “X-factor.”

“O’Neil McBride is going to make himself a name this season,” he said. “He’s doing a lot of good things for us, being active on the glass. He’s going to be very instrumental in our success, and what we have to do is make sure we help him in the rebounding department.”

On Tuesday, the Seahawks host Conway – the only team to beat them this season.

Elevator

↑ Carvers Bay boys: Without the services of All-State 2A performer DiJon Goss – a participant in Saturday’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South Bowl – Carvers Bay scored wins over Georgetown and Hemingway. The latter of those went to three overtimes, an 86-80 Bears win.

↑ Conway boys: Through five games, Conway has looked every bit the powerhouse it was advertised during the preseason. The Tigers have outscored opponents by an average of 21 points per game, an 8-point win over Myrtle Beach serving as their smallest margin of victory thus far.

↑ Loris boys: One night it could be Travis Walters, the next Jahrique Isaiah. Coach Adrain Grady doesn’t care who it is, honestly. All he asks is for someone to step up. Loris is 4-0 going into this week, averaging better than 68 points per game. A key stat: the Lions are earning nearly 12 extra possessions per game via steals.

↑ North Myrtle Beach girls: Following a one-point loss to Carolina Forest in its season opener, North Myrtle Beach has reeled off five straight wins. During that stretch it earned a measure of revenge against the Panthers, along with a 54-46 win over an undefeated Conway squad on Friday.

Ballers

Jimmy Nichols, Conway: Completed a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 69-50 win over North Myrtle Beach this past Friday night. He also had five assists and six blocks.

Jahrique Isaiah, Loris: Scored 20 points and snatched 11 steals in Loris’ 62-58 win over Latta last week.

Tamara Jackson, Green Sea Floyds: Knocked down three 3-pointers en route to scoring 28 points in a 49-43 Green Sea Floyds loss to Loris in overtime last week..

Ikela Green, Loris: Knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a 30-point night as the Lions knocked off Green Sea Floyds 49-43 in overtime this past week.

Tyron Stockdale, North Myrtle Beach: Scored 27 points for the Chiefs in their 72-69 overtime loss to Carolina Forest last week.

SCBCA rankings

Six area teams claimed a spot in the latest S.C. Basketball Coaches Association poll released Tuesday.

The Green Sea Floyds girls hoops team remains the highest ranked among them, remaining at No. 1 in Class. Three squads came in at No. 2 in their respective classifications — the Carvers Bay boys (Class 2A), Conway boys (Class 5A) and the Loris girls (Class 3A).

The Loris girls hoops team began the season unranked.

Both the Conway and Myrtle Beach girls teams earned spots in the latest SCBCA poll, coming in at No. 6 in Class 5A and eighth in Class 4A, respectively.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

Boys hoops

Monday, Dec. 4

South Columbus (N.C.) 57, Green Sea Floyds 50: Green Sea Floyds was unable to get past its rival from the Tar Heel State.

Carvers Bay 57, Georgetown 49: Andre Marks had 12 points and Stephon Greene followed with 11 to lead the Bears to a win. Jerry Dorsey and Darius McGirt had 10 for Georgetown in a losing effort.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

St. James 52, Georgetown 48: Marcus Cange’s eight points in the final stanza allowed the Sharks to get a hard-earned win. Jordan Furlough led St. James with 16 points. Justin Dorsey had 15 points for Georgetown.

Carolina Forest 72, North Myrtle Beach 69 (F/OT): North Myrtle Beach’s Tyron Stockdale had 27 points, but the Panthers pulled this one out in overtime. Matt Beale, Mason Garcia and Derek Alton each had 17 points for Carolina Forest.

Loris 62, Latta 58: Jahrique Isaiah (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Travis Walters (15 points, 18 rebounds) each posted double-doubles as Loris pulled out a win on the road.

Hemingway 76, Andrews 58: A 25-point opening quarter allowed the top-ranked team in Class to cruise.

Green Sea Floyds 61, Aynor 45: A solid second quarter provided Green Sea Floyds the momentum necessary to get past the Blue Jackets.

Myrtle Beach 67, Socastee 66: O’Neil McBride knocked down a pair of free throws without any time on the clock to lift Myrtle Beach to the win. McBride and Robert Swanson led the Seahawks with 16 points, while Emorie Knox had 12. Jay Williams finished with 16 for Socastee in a losing effort.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Christian Academy 57, Freedom Christian (N.C.) 52: Mike Green had 18 points while Jalen Matthews added 11 to propel the Saints to a win. Jalen Busby also had seven points.

Conway 59, St. James 38: Providence signee Jimmy Nichols scored 22 points to lead all scorers as the Tigers cruised to a victory.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Socastee 70, Waccamaw 49: Kendrell Generette led all scorers with 22 points, while Alex Collins and Jay Williams each had 12 points to push the Braves to a win.

West Brunswick (N.C.) 58, North Myrtle Beach 52: The Chiefs didn’t have enough late to get past their foes from across the border.

Friday, Dec. 8

Trinity-Byrnes 62, Christian Academy 49: Jaylen Johnson’s double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) didn’t prove enough for the Saints as Trinity-Byrnes took an early season matchup of SCISA Region 3-2A powerhouses. Mike Green also had 16 points for Christian Academy.

Loris 68, Green Sea Floyds 54: Levon Stevenson led the Lions with 22 points as the Lions remained undefeated. Travis Walters notched his fourth double-double in as many games with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Shaquille Johnson had 25 for Green Sea Floyds.

Carvers Bay 86, Hemingway 80 (F/OT): Stephon Green had 23 points while Tyrik Reed added 15 as the Bears completed a season sweep of rival Hemingway. Quevon Dickerson also had 13 in a winning effort.

Georgetown 62, Andrews 59: Jerry Dorsey posted a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) while Darius McGirt added 15 points of his own to push the Bulldogs past Andrews. Shamar Matthews had 15 for the Yellow Jackets in a losing effort.

Socastee 64, St. James 47: Jay Williams had 16 points and Kendrell Generette followed with 13 of his own to lift the Braves to a win. Andrew Gardner also scored in double figures with 11. Jordan Furlough led St. James with 14 points.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Myrtle Beach 82, Carolina Forest 59: Ten Myrtle Beach players scored as the Seahawks rolled past rival Carolina Forest. Robert Swanson had 16 points, Emorie Knox followed with 13 and O’Neil McBride added 12.

Girls hoops

Monday, Dec. 4

Georgetown 68, Carvers Bay 19: The Bulldogs proved too much for Carvers Bay.

Green Sea Floyds 53, South Columbus (N.C.) 35: Tamara Jackson had 25 points while Jalinda Johnson added 20 to lead the Trojans to victory.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Green Sea Floyds 55, Aynor 22: Tamara Jackson and Laura Black each scored 16 points, with Jalinda Johnson adding 14 for the Trojans in a winning effort.

Loris 51, Latta 42: Ikela Green had 17 points to lead all scorers and propel Loris to a win

Myrtle Beach 38, Socastee 24: Myrtle Beach outscored Socastee 11-2 in the third quarter to create distance for it to cruise to victory.

North Myrtle Beach 57, Carolina Forest 56: Jenna Berger scored 18 points while Daveona Hatchell added 16 to help North Myrtle Beach hang on for a win over Carolina Forest. Cheyenne Pyles had 21 points and Alexis Tomlin scored 20 of her own in a losing effort.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Conway 34, St. James 15: Lenaejha Evans had a game-high 11 points to lead Conway to an easy win over St. James.

Thursday, Dec. 7

North Myrtle Beach 54, West Brunswick (N.C.) 36: Jevelyn Cox scored 12 points while Jordan Berger added 11 to lead North Myrtle Beach to a win over their rivals from across the state line.

Socastee 57, Waccamaw 27: Mercer Roberts’ double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) helped propel the Braves to the win. Haley Altman added 10 points of her own.

Friday, Dec. 8

Loris 49, Green Sea Floyds 43 (F/OT): A 30-point night for Ikela Green allowed her to outduel Green Sea Floyds’ Tamara Jackson and lead the Lions to victory.

Hemingway 57, Carvers Bay 19: The Bears were unable to offer much resistance to a solid Hemingway squad.

North Myrtle Beach 54, Conway 46: Daveona Hatchell scored 14 points, Jenna Berger had 13 and her sister, Jordan, followed with 10 to push the Chiefs past Conway. MeMe Williams led the Tigers with 15 points.

Socastee 46, St. James 38: Mercer Roberts had 16 points while freshman Mariah Leinbach added 10 to lead Socastee to a win.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Myrtle Beach 50, Carolina Forest 28: Ajia Kelly led all scorers with 17 points while Asia Smith notched her first double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) in a Myrtle Beach uniform to run roughshod over rival Carolina Forest.

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