Boys Hoops: Chiefs, Saints hold off rivals in nail-biters

nmbhoops-5The North Myrtle Beach boys basketball team withstood a strong second-half comeback by rival Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night to claim a 59-55 victory and take over sole possession of second place in Region 6-5A.

The Chiefs (7-10 overall, 3-1 region) built a double-digit in the first half and held it through three quarters, leading 44-32 entering the final frame. But the Seahawks (8-9, 2-2) came storming back, scoring the first eight points of the period and closing the gap to within one in the final minute.

North Myrtle Beach got a balanced scoring effort, led by Cooper Chandler’s 13 points, Chris Johnson’s 12. and Cason McClendon’s 10. Myrtle Beach got a game-high 18 points from JaQuan Chestnut, 16 from Emory Knox, and 10 from Robert Swanson.

The Seahawks host first-place Wilson on Friday while the Chiefs travel to St. James.

* Christian Academy 70, Trinity-Byrnes 68: For the second straight night the Saints avenged a loss from earlier in the season, this time taking down Trinity-Byrnes on the road for a key region victory.

Bryce Schneider exploded for 29 points and Justin Busby and Robert Guyton added 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Saints (12-10, 6-1) move into a first-place tie with Trinity-Byrnes in Region 3-2A.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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