Athlete of the Week: NMB’s Matt Lindsey leaves mark

nmb-12kickOne of the things that makes the playoffs so exciting is also what makes them difficult for players, particularly seniors. Except for one team, all the others will end their seasons and careers with a loss.

That was the case for North Myrtle Beach High senior Matt Lindsey when his Chiefs were eliminated in the second round of the Class 3A state tournament against Darlington, which faces rival Myrtle Beach on Saturday for the right to advance to the Class 3A state title game.

But enough time has passed that the all-state selection and Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week can reflect upon his time on the court at North Myrtle Beach with a smile on his face and a sense of satisfaction for what his team accomplished this season, including a No. 5 state ranking.

“I’m satisfied with the wins (22 to only six losses), that we played hard and that we competed with the best teams in South Carolina,” said Lindsey, who averaged 18 points per game in the Chiefs. “This was my best season by far, both as a team and individually.

“I knew that every game could be my last and I tried to use that as motivation. It didn’t work out the way I wanted. I really felt we could make a deep run but we got upset. But looking back at it now, it was a great season.”

NMB coach Frank Moorhead agreed: “He worked hard last summer on his shot and on ball-handling and it really showed,” said Moorhead. “We asked him to do a lot. He usually guarded the other teams’ best player and he played a lot minutes, but he was always up for the challenge.”

Not only did Lindsey play his last game as a Chief, but he also likely played with twin brother Josh for the final time. The two have been playing together literally since they could walk, but the dual 3-point shooting threat will likely go their separate ways at the college level.

Both Lindseys are currently weighing their options about playing basketball at the next level but realize few schools are going to recruit virtually identical guards.

“We started playing (organized) basketball in the fifth grade and we’ve been on the same team together all the way to our senior years,,” Matt said. “We play well together, but we’re also very competitive when we play one-on-one in the backyard. It will be different playing without him.”

One thing is for sure: North Myrtle Beach will miss having the high-scoring brothers, but they left their marks on the program.

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