Boys Hoops: Panthers top Tigers to tie for 6-4A crown

conhoops-42The Carolina Forest boys basketball team claimed a share of the Region 6-4A championship by defeating rival Conway 37-25 on the road in Friday night regular-season finale.

The Panthers (16-7 overall, 7-3 region) survived a defensive battle and three late attempts to tie or win by the Tigers (14-8, 3-7), who couldn’t get the late basket to fall and saw their season come to a close.

Carolina Forest is tied for first place with Sumter, which defeated Socastee . The two teams split the season series but Sumter earned the top seed via tiebreaker. The No. 2-seeded Panthers host a first-round game Wednesday against Bluffton.

Carolina Forest’s Damon McDwell hit the game-winning basket with 11 seconds remaining in the game. Teammate Duane Moss had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

* Sumter 79, Socastee 57: The Braves (7-17, 1-9) concluded a tough season with a home loss to the Gamecocks. Socastee 7-footer Jason Cudd closed with an impressive 26-point performance.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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