Boys Hoops: Chiefs beat Seahawks for region title

nmbhoops-20mbThe North Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team turned Senior Night into an even bigger celebration by defeating rival Myrtle Beach 67-60 and securing the Region 7-3A championship.

The Chiefs (10-12, 7-3) snapped the Seahawks’ (9-13, 6-4) six-game winning streak in the first-place showdown, which became a de facto region championship game with co-leader Wilson losing to Georgetown.

North Myrtle Beach was led by Josh Livingston with 17 points, and Chris Johnson and Mike Gore added 15 and 10, respectively. Myrtle Beach’s Bryce Schneider matched the game-high with 17 points and Adam Zam added 15 for the Seahawks.

In a game marred by fouls, the Chiefs hit their free throws and pulled away down the stretch to avenge an earlier loss this season to the Seahawks. Myrtle Beach is tied for second with Wilson and a tiebreaker will determine which teams and where they play in Tuesday’s opening round.

* St. James 71, Lake City 58: The Sharks (12-11, 6-4) bounced back from their biggest loss of the season with an impressive win over the visiting Panthers.

Senior Zach Werba led the Sharks on Senior Night with 19 points. Drew McCann tallied 14 points, Trey Myers added 12 and Jordan Fields chipped in 11.

St. James will travel to Marlboro County on Tuesday for the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Photo by Sona McIntyre

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