CBHI opens fortnight filled with holiday hoops action

uncwhoops-24For one fortnight during the holiday season, the Grand Strand becomes the headquarters for high school basketball tournaments.

Beginning with the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational girls hoops showcase at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Strand will host four high school basketball tournaments and one women’s college showcase – the Carolinas Challenge – over a two-week period.

The CBHI tips off with four games Saturday, capped by host Myrtle Beach vs. Hillside (NC) at 9:15 p.m. The CBHI takes a break Sunday to make way for the college crowd as LSU faces North Carolina at 3 p.m. at MBCC. The CBHI returns to run Monday through the championship games on Thursday.

In other hoops action, North Myrtle Beach hosts the Shootout by the Sea Dec. 19-22, which features eight boys teams and eight girls teams battling for the Christmas tournament crown. Carolina Forest hosts the Panther Classic Dec. 20-22, welcoming Myrtle Beach and six other boys squads to compete for the tournament title.

The holidays save their best for last as the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic tips off Dec. 26 and runs through New Year’s Eve. The Beach Ball once again has a strong national field of teams and talent in 2016, including local teams Myrtle Beach and Socastee.

Several local teams will hit the road to play in tournaments away from the Strand.

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics

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