Boys Hoops: Socastee rips NMB in pre-region tuneup

sochoops-33blockAfter suffering three lopsided setbacks in the highly competitive Beach Ball Classic, the Socastee High boys basketball team turned the tables on North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday with a 73-45 victory.

Socastee 7-foot center and South Carolina commitment Jason Cudd posted another double-double, scoring a game-high 20 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. First-year Braves coach Derrick Hilton scored a season sweep over first-year Chiefs coach and former Socastee teammate Alvin Green.

Socastee opens Region 6-5A play on Friday at rival Conway.

* Hoggard (NC) 49, Carolina Forest 44: The Panthers returned from holiday tournament play for one final pre-region tuneup, but their recent woes continued in a loss to the Vikings.

Carolina Forest came out hot and scored half of its points in the first quarter to build an early double-digit lead. But the Vikings turned up the defense, holding the Panthers to only four points in the third period en route to the comeback win. Carolina Forest was led by Tariq Timmons with 15 points, and Richmond Collier added 12.

The Panthers, losers of five of their last six contests, face one of the top teams in the state in their Region 6-5A opener against West Florence on Friday.

* Conway 47, St. James 30: The Tigers won their ninth straight, pulling away from the Sharks in the fourth quarter in a cold-shooting night for both teams.

St. James trailed by only four points in the third before Conway rallied to put the game away. Jordan Furlough led the Sharks with eight points and Trey Myers added seven.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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