Christian Academy shocks St. James in interleague tilt

cambhoops-0The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team has several state and region championship banners hanging in its new gym. Still, Wednesday night’s interleague win over St. James may be one of its biggest wins in school history.

The Saints (11-4) scored a 59-58 upset of the visiting Sharks (8-2), snapping an eight-game winning streak for the SCHSL Class 3A public school. That’s a milestone win for CAMB, which has had mixed results outside of SCISA play.

“That was one of the biggest wins ever for our program,” said CAMB coach Darren Gore. “St. James is a great team and they were coming in red hot. We played great defense and shot 60 percent from the field, and we made some big plays down the stretch when we needed them.”

The Saints jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead b ut the Sharks came storming back in the second half. St. James outscored CAMB 22-9 in the third quarter to take the lead and was up by five late in the contest.

CAMB’s Jaylen Johnson hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two and Bernard Jones converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Saints ahead by 1. Josh Lang converted 5 of 6 foul shots down the stretch to salt the game away.

The Saints (11-4) were led by Jones’ 20 points, five steals and four rebounds, and Johnson added 13 points and four boards. Lang’s clutch free-throw shooting gave him 10 points and four rebounds while Michael Green finished with eight points and boards.

The Sharks (8-2), who were coming off a key road victory over Class 4A power Conway on Tuesday, were led by Jackson Hurston with 20 points, Haywood Brandon with 17 and Jacob Fields with 11.

CAMB returns to region action Friday at Dillon Christian. St. James travels to Waccamaw on the same night.

Photo courtesy of Benton Henry, CAMB Athletics

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