The Seahawks (10-11 overall, 4-3 Region VIII-AAA) climbed out to a double-digit lead at halftime, but the Braves (11-8, 3-4) rallied from behind to lead by as many as nine midway through the fourth quarter.
But the Seahawks caught fire behind Tramond Wilson’s double-double – a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds – and a tough team defense – highlighted by sophomore Bert Mack’s five blocked shots.
Socastee’s Travis Frye matched Wilson’s game-high 22 points, Donovan Cann added 15 points and Patrick Gardner chipped in 11 points as the Braves slipped to fourth place in the region. They travel to Wilson on Friday.
Myrtle Beach climbed into third place in the region and face first-place St. James on Friday.
* Girls: The Myrtle Beach girls basketball team held off a strong challenge from rival Socastee on Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Lady Braves 51-47.
Khadijah sessions led the Lady Seahawks with a double-double, scoring 26 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in addition to dishing out five assists. Teammate Shay Shaw added 18 points for Myrtle Beach.
The Lady Braves were led by Katherine Mose’s 17 points and Sierrah McCarthy added nine points.
The Lady Seahawks, the two-time defending state champions and six-time reigning region champions, face a key test on Friday when the travel to St. James to take on the first-place Lady Sharks.