Boys Hoops: CF beats WF; MB, Conway run past rivals

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team kept its distant playoff hopes alive Tuesday, picking up a key Region 6-5A win on Senior Night with a 71-60 victory over visiting West Florence.

The Panthers came out hot from 3-point range, making 5 3 treys in the first quarter, but West Florence rallied to take the lead at halftime 30-29. The Panthers had their best offensive quarter of the season in the third, pouring in 26 points to build a double-digit lead and the Knights never got within single figures the rest of the way.

The Panthers’ balanced scoring effort was led by T-Jay Brunson and Matt Beale with 15 points apiece, and Derek Alston and Kyle Watkins each chipped in 12. Jaylen Campbell added 9 points.

The Panthers now need to secure one more win to have a chance at a playoff berth. They play at Conway on Friday.

* Conway 65, Socastee 38: The No. 2-ranked Tigers took care of business against the visiting Braves to remain tied atop the region standings with Sumter.

Socastee actually led 16-15 after the first quarter but Conway took a 29-22 lead into the break. The Tigers came out hungry, outscoring the Braves 27-11 in the third to pull away.

* Myrtle Beach 55, St. James 32: The Seahawks stayed in position to captre the No. 2 seed in the region with a road win over the Sharks.

The Seahawks used a strong defensive effort to build a 28-8 lead at halftime before cruising past the Sharks the rest of the way.

Robert Swanson led the Seahawks with 11 points and ONeil McBride and Jayce Allen added nine apiece. Alex Holmes led St. James with 10.

* North Myrtle Beach 43, Marlboro County 42:Cooper Chandler hit the game-winning basket with 3 seconds remaining to give the Chiefs a big region win.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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