CBHI, Day 3: Myrtle Beach rallies to reach semifinals

mbghoops-11layupFor just the second time in the 17-year history of the Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational, Myrtle Beach has advanced to the semifinal round of the event in their hometown.

The Seahawks (11-0) defeated Archer (GA) 51-45 in a come-from-behind thriller inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Archer (9-1; Lawrenceville, GA) trailed 5-1 early in the first half but responded with a 25-6 stretch that gave the Tigers a 26-11 advantage with 1:36 remaining in the opening half.

After trading baskets, Myrtle Beach’s Keocia Walker connected on a pair of free throws at the end of the half to pull the Seahawks to within 13 at 28-15 at the break. The teams again traded baskets to open the second half before Myrtle Beach turned up the defensive pressure, leading to some transition baskets.

Trailing 32-17, Myrtle Beach closed the gap to just three points at 32-29 with 12 unanswered points that was capped by Kiana Adderton’s two free throws with 9:08 to play.  Archer stretched the lead back to five points several times over the next few minutes, with the last being at 36-31 with 6:36 on the clock.

Myrtle Beach scored the next seven points as the Seahawks forced a pair of Archer turnovers and Walker capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play to take a 38-36 lead with 5:17 to play.  The teams traded the lead five time in the closing three minutes before Myrtle Beach grabbed the lead for good on Adderton’s jumper in the lane that gave the Seahawks a 44-43 advantage with 1:37  to play.  Ivy Collins and Jalah Horton connected on a pair of free throws each in the closing eight seconds to seal the victory for Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach outscored Archer 36-17 in the second half, scoring 27 points off of 20 turnovers by the Tigers.  Nia Sumpter led Myrtle Beach with 17 points and seven rebounds while Adderton had 11 points and seven boards and Walker chipped in 14 points and four steals.

* Miami (FL) Senior stood alone at the top of the podium following the 2013 and 2014 Crescom Bank Invitational events but there will be no three-peat as the Stingarees were defeated 36-29 by St. Francis (GA) in the 2015 quarterfinal round.
Miami Senior (11-1) appeared headed to another semifinal round as it held a 22-14 advantage at halftime.  St. Francis (10-0; Alpharetta, GA) turned things around in the second half though as the Knights used their height advantage for the comeback win.  The Knights held Miami Senior to just seven points in the second half and tallied 18 points in the paint to secure the win.

St. Francis also outrebounded Miami Senior 35-25, including 13 offensive boards that led to six second chance points. Taja Cummings came off of the bench to lead St. Francis with 14 points while teammate Kasiyahn Kushkituah grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Miami Senior, which connected on just 15.0 percent (3-of-20) from the field in the second half, was led by Alondra Angulo’s 10 points.

* Norcross (GA) scored early and often in a 66-37 victory over St. James (SC) to advance to the semifinal round of the consolation bracket in the 2015 Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational.

Norcross (6-3) scored the game’s first seven points and led by as many as 30 points in the opening half, taking a 42-16 advantage into the break.  Vash Perry paced Norcross with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Kimmie Hotzelt led St. James with 16 points and eight rebounds.

* Lower Richland (SC) scored a 43-40 overtime victory over Millbrook (NC) to advance to the semifinal round of the consolation bracket in the 2015 Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational. In a game that saw the score tied five times and had 15 lead changes, Lower Richland (6-4; Hopkins, SC) grabbed the lead for good with 34 seconds remaining in overtime at 41-40 on Callah Hicklin’s short jumper.

Following two missed shots and a turnover by Millbrook, Hicklin added a pair of free throws with just one second remaining to notch the final margin. Alaysia Washington connected on 7-of-11 from the field and 15 points to lead Lower Richland.  Millbrook (8-2; Raleigh, NC) was paced by Kai Crutchfield’s 11 points.

* one at the top of the podium following the 2013 and 2014 Crescom Bank Invitational events but there will be no three-peat as the Stingarees were defeated 36-29 by St. Francis (GA) in the 2015 quarterfinal round.

Miami Senior (11-1) appeared headed to another semifinal round as it held a 22-14 advantage at halftime.  St. Francis (10-0; Alpharetta, GA) turned things around in the second half though as the Knights used their height advantage for the comeback win.  The Knights held Miami Senior to just seven points in the second half and tallied 18 points in the paint to secure the win.  St. Francis also outrebounded Miami Senior 35-25, including 13 offensive boards that led to six second chance points.

Taja Cummings came off of the bench to lead St. Francis with 14 points while teammate Kasiyahn Kushkituah grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.  Miami Senior, which connected on just 15.0 percent (3-of-20) from the field in the second half, was led by Alondra Angulo’s 10 points.

– Photo by Digital Magic Photography

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