No. 1 Montverde comes to Myrtle Beach on a mission

montverde-lsuNo. 1 Montverde Academy (FL) was already coming into the 2015 Beach Ball Classic as the favorite. Now the Eagles also have some motivation to rule the roost at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Montverde is coming off a fifth-place finish in the City of Palms Classic in their home state at Fort Myers just before Christmas after suffering their first loss of the season. The Eagles suffered an 83-82 defeat to No. 2 Chino Hills (CA) and spent the rest of the week playing in the consolation bracket.

That could be bad news for Beach Ball Classic teams hoping to catch Montverde napping. First up to feel the wrath of the Eagles is local team Socastee. The two teams tip off the Beach Ball Classic at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, just after Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach’s exhibition game against Hannah-Pamplico at 1:30 p.m.

The rest of Saturday’s schedule includes St. Francis (GA) vs Poca (WV) at 5:15 p.m.; Seton Hall (NJ) vs St. James at 7 p.m.; and Moeller (OH) vs Mullins in the 8:45 p.m. nightcap. A light Sunday schedule is highlighted by the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout at 7 p.m.

The second wave of first round games gets under way Monday at 3:30 p.m. with Bartow (FL) vs East Jackson (GA), followed by Shadow Mt. (AZ) vs St. Edward (OH)at 5:15 p.m., Mustang (OK) vs St. Johns (DC) at 7 p.m., and Mater Dei (CA) vs Myrtle Beach (SC) at 8:45 p.m. Play continues until Thursday’s final round, with the championship game set for 7:30 p.m.

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