Boys Hoops: Sharks topple Seahawks; Saints stay hot

sjhoops-13The St. James High boys basketball team used a fourth-quarter surge to break open a tight game and knock off Region 7-3A rival Myrtle Beach 65-54 on the road Tuesday.

Clinging to a 48-45 lead entering the final frame, the Sharks (8-8 overall, 2-1 region) pulled away with a some solid shooting and defense down the stretch.

St. James was led by Jackson Hurston’s game-high 22 points. Jordan Fields added 16 points and Zach Werba had 12 for the Sharks, who return home to face Lake City on Friday.

Myrtle Beach got 14 points from Robert Swanson and 13 from Bryce Schnieder. The Seahawks travel to North Myrtle Beach on Friday looking for their first region win of the season.

* Sumter 50, Carolina Forest 47: The Panthers suffered their first region loss of the season despite a strong comeback bid on the road.

Carolina Forest (11-5, 2-1) came out cold but made a late run to try to maintain their spot atop the Region 6-4A standings. After taking the lead late in the game, the Panthers gave up a game-winning 3-pointer and couldn’t force overtime on a final desperation heave by Damon McDowell, who led the team with 18 points.

Carolina Forest welcomes rival Conway on Friday.

* Christian Academy 67, Marlboro Academy 21: The Saints (10-9, 5-0) won their seventh straight to move above .500 for the first time all season in a cakewalk victory.

Senior Bernard Jones erupted for 22 points and freshman Michael Green added 16. John Sessums and Jalen Matthews each grabbed eight rebounds for the Saints, who travel to Dillon Christian on Friday.

* North Myrtle Beach 67, Georgetown 51: The Chiefs (5-10, 2-1) jumped out to a 40-22 halftime lead and coasted the rest of the way for the win. They play host to Myrtle Beach on Friday.

* West Florence 56, Conway 50: The Knights knocked off the host Tigers, who travel to Carolina Forest on Friday.

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