Conway boys beat NMB as Smith nets double-double

Conway’s Jahriem Smith posted a double-double on Friday night to lead the Tigers to a 52-44 victory over visiting North Myrtle Beach.

Smith scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. He shot 10-of-17 from the field, many of them coming on offensive put-backs.

Conway’s Devin Strothers added 10 points and Kahmil Cooper narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine points and seven boards.

North Myrtle Beach shot just 32 percent from the field as a team. Jaquan Grissett led the Chiefs with 13 points and Rodrick Hemingway had eight points and eight rebounds.

Conway built a 21-16 halftime lead in a rough offensive start for both teams, and stretched the lead to 33-20 after three quarters of play.

North Myrtle Beach finally got hot in the final frame, scoring more points in the fourth (24) than it did the first three periods of play (20).

But it wasn’t enough to erase the early deficit and the Tigers hit 9 of their 15 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.

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