Tigers turn up defensive heat to blow out NMB boys

The Conway High boys basketball team officially threw its hat in the ring on the list of local contenders on Thursday night with a 68-48 blowout win over visiting North Myrtle Beach.

The Tigers (3-1) used a balanced scoring effort to hand the Chiefs (2-1) their first loss of the season, led by Reggie Bonner’s double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Conway’s Christian Jeffords added 14 points on 4 of 7 shooting from the field and 6 of 8 from thr free throw line. Kahmil Cooper and Jalen Hennigan scored 13 points apiece and Malcolm Green had eight points with a game-high 11 rebounds.

But it was Conway’s defense that limited a hot-shooting Chiefs team to 28 percent shooting from the field. North Myrtle Beach shot 12 of 19 from behind the arc in Wednesday’s win at Carolina Forest, but was held to just 5 of 24 from 3-point range by the Tigers.

North Myrtle Beach’s Jaquan Grissett scored a game-high 19 points and twins Matt and Josh Lindsey were held to 11 and nine points, respectively. They shot the lights out against the Panthers on Tuesday night, combining to go 12 for 17 from downtown, but went just 3 for 15 against Conway.

The Chiefs led 14-8 after one quarter but the Tigers used a 22-6 run in the second period and a 23-10 stretch in the final frame to help Conway to the victory.

North Myrtle Beach returns home to face border rival West Brunswick (NC) on Tuesday.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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