Braves drop Sharks to third; St. James girls clinch region

Secure in their playoff position and with little more for motivation than pride, Socastee opted to play the role of spoiler against rival St. James on Friday night in the Shark Tank.

The visiting Braves scored a 62-50 victory over the Sharks, who fell to the No. 3 seed in the region after leading the standings for much of the season.

Coupled with Myrtle Beach’s win over North Myrtle Beach, the Sharks (11-10 overall, 6-4 region) fell into a second-place tie with the Seahawks (12-10, 6-4), who won the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Myrtle Beach will be at home for the first round of the playoffs against Cane Bay on Tuesday while St. James will have to hit the road to face Lake Marion. The Braves (13-9, 5-5) had already locked up the No. 4 seed and will travel to Bluffton for their first-round game.

Socastee’s Travis Frye, coming off a 31-point performance in a double-overtime win at North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, scored a game-high 26 points as the Braves enter postseason play on a bit of a roll.

St. James’ J.C. Cavin scored 22 for the Sharks, who have lost three of their last four games going into the postseason.

* Girls: The St. James Lady Sharks secured their first region championship in school history with a 58-41 victory over Socastee.

St. James (20-4, 9-1) wrapped up the Region VIII-AAA crown and earned a first-round playoff game  at the Shark Tank on Monday night against Battery Creek.

The Lady Braves (9-13, 3-7) locked up the No. 4 seed and will travel to top-seeded Hilton Head on Monday.

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