Beach Ball Recap, Day 4: Kennard nets 43, Orem wins

Orem (UT) advanced to the championship game of the consolation bracket with an 86-77 victory over Franklin (OH).

The victory by Orem (6-2) came in the most thrilling game so far in the 2012 Beach Ball Classic as the Tigers overcame 11 ties, nine lead changes and one of the best scoring games in BBC history by Franklin’s Luke Kennard.  The sophomore tied Kobe Bryant (Lower Merion, PA) for sixth all-time with 43 points.

Orem, trailing 40-39 at the half, tied the game four times in the opening five minutes of the second half but could not overtake the Wildcats until Jordan Darger’s layup with 10:48 to play gave Orem a 55-54 lead.

With the game tied at 72-72 with 4:28 to play in regulation, Zach Hunsaker connected on a 3-pointer that gave Orem the lead for good at 75-72 with just 4:03 on the clock.  The Tigers connected on 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the closing minute of the contest to ice the victory. Orem was led by Hunsaker’s 21 points while Cooper Holt and Dalton Nixon each recorded 18 points for the Tigers.

Kennard’s 43 points gave him 98 points for the three games which Franklin played during the Beach Ball Classic, ranking seventh all-time at the BBC.  Travis Lakins added 20 points for Franklin (6-2) and broke the Tigers’ all-time career record for 3-point field goals made.

* Bishop Gorman (NV) 67, St. Rita (IL) 58: The Gaels (13-2) advanced to the fifth-place game of the 2012 Beach Ball Classic with a win over St. Rita. The Gaels will face Rufus King (Milwaukee, WI) for fifth place.

Bishop Gorman (NV) used a late 8-0 run to break a tied game and take the lead for good.  After seven ties and three lead changes, the Gaels took a 57-49 lead with their run from the 7:21 mark of the second half to the 2:15 mark.  During the stretch, five different players scored for Bishop Gorman.

The Gaels were led in scoring by Rashad Muhammad’s 25 points as he connected on 10-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc.  Noah Robotham chipped in 15 points and six assists for the Gaels.

St. Rita (8-4) was paced by Dominique Matthews’ 22 points and six boards.

* Rufus King (WI) 51, Wheeler (GA) 44: The Knights (8-1) scored a come-from-behind victory over Wheeler (7-4) to advance to the fifth-place game of the 2012 Beach Ball Classic.

Rufus King trailed 28-21 at the half but came out of the locker room with an 11-2 run to take a 32-30 advantage with 12:04 on the clock.  Following three free throws by Wheeler that regained the lead for the Wildcats, Rufus King went on a 12-5 run that proved to be the difference in the contest.

The Generals, who forced Wheeler into 20 points and turned them into a 21-7 advantage in points off of turnovers, were led by Austin Malone-Mitchell’s 24 points.  Chris Howell chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Generals.

Wheeler was paced by Trevin Steede’s 10 points and Daniel Giddens’ eight points and 16 rebounds.  Giddens’ 16 rebounds ties him for 36th on the single-game record list in the 32-year history of the BBC and makes him the 64th player in BBC history to record 15-plus boards.

* St. James 60,  Socastee 42: The Sharks defeated the region rival Braves in a losers’ bracket matchup to open Day 4 of the tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Sharks (8-4) and Braves (4-6) play at least two more times this season in region play, but Saturday’s contest was just for fun and bragging rights.

Nehemiah Stafford scored a game-high 15 points, TreDarius McCallum added 14 and Matt Strange was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 12 points for the Sharks, who became the first local team to win a Beach Ball Classic contest this season.

Socastee (4-6) was led by Will Caswell’s 16 points while Dante Moore added 14 points for the Braves.  Socastee connected on just 39.5 percent from the field while Saint James shot 55.6 percent, including 46.2 percent (6-13) from behind the 3-point arc.

Socastee’s Will Caswell scored a game-high 16 points and the Braves got another outstanding performance from sophomore Dante Moore with 14 points. He scored in double figures in all three games for Socastee.

* Spring Valley 78, East Rutherford (NC) 67:  The Vikings advanced to the consolation bracket championship game with a victory over East Rutherford in a battle of the Carolinas.

Spring Valley (10-5) took the lead early in the second half and never gave it up in the victory.  East Rutherford (10-3) kept the game close before a late run by the Vikings pushed the lead to double digits in the final minute of the contest.

Dominique Taylor led Spring Valley with 29 points as he connected on 12-of-19 from the field.  East Rutherford’s Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez paced the Cavaliers with 23 points.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

Comments

comments

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & Hoops

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & HoopsThe girls high school basketball season is only beginning, yet [more]

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crown

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crownThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team not [more]

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openers

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openersThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team needed a little [more]

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16Martin Melchor scored two goals and had an assist while [more]

Beach United teams close fall season in Wilmington

Beach United teams close fall season in WilmingtonThe Beach United Football Club saw eight teams close out [more]

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meet

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meetPalmetto Aquatics (PALM) hosted the 2017 Thanksgiving Invite Meet on [more]

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foe

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foeThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated #2 Texas State in [more]

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneys

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneysWinter might still be a month away, but the high [more]

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-OffSouth Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th [more]

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' win

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' winZac Cuthbertson torched the nets for 31 points in leading [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach