And then there were two … MB, Socastee hit the road

Midway through the month of February and only two Grand Strand basketball teams’ state championship dreams remain alive.

The Myrtle Beach boys squad, which missed the playoffs last year due to SCHSL sanctions for holding unapproved practices, travels to top-seeded Lower Richland tonight for a 7 p.m. elimination game.

The Socastee boys team, fresh off a first-round upset of top-seeded Bluffton on Tuesday night, take their No. 4 seed to Hartsville for the right to reach the Lower State semifinals.

The Braves (14-9) played one of their best games of the season against the Bobcats and will need a similar effort to handle the Redfoxes on their homecourt.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks’ late-season surge has come despite being shorthanded. Myrtle Beach (14-11) lost Daquarius Wilson for the season following an altercation with a referee in a regular-season game at St. James and leading scorer Tramond Wilson was forced to sit out of Tuesday’s game due to a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during that incident.

The Seahawks had several bench players respond in their first-round victory and will need their depth to do the same tonight. The Braves also got a balanced effort in their win at Bluffton, led by Travis Frye’s 18 points.

Coincidentally, the last two local teams still standing both played in the Beach Ball Classic, where they faced tough competition from across the country. Myrtle Beach went 0-3 in the tourney and Socastee went 1-2, but they received invaluable experience against playoff-caliber teams that could be helping them in the playoff push.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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