Four local boys teams tip off in opening round of playoffs

One night after four Grand Strand girls team opened the state basketball playoffs, four local boys teams are ready to hit the postseason hardwood on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Region VIII-AAA members Myrtle Beach, St. James and Socastee face first-round games Tuesday while Region VI-AAAA champion Carolina Forest opens play Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach (13-11) made a late-season surge to snag the No. 2 seed in the region, setting up a visit from Region VII-AAA’s No. 3 seed Hilton Head Island (11-13) in a 7 p.m. showdown between Seahawks. The winner advances to face the victor between No. 1-seeded Lower Richland and No. 4 Marlboro County on Friday.

St. James (11-10) lost three of its last four to fall into the No. 3 seed, forcing the Sharks to travel to No. 2 seed Lake Marion (18-5) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner takes on either No. 1-seeded Darlington or No. 4-seeded Airport in the second round on Friday.

No. 4-seeded Socastee (13-9), which closed the regular season with a win over rival St. James, travels to No. 1-seeded Bluffton (19-3) for a 7 p.m. tilt Tuesday. The victor advances to meet the winner of the No. 2 Hartsville vs. No. 3 Dreher matchup on Friday.

On Wednesday, Carolina Forest (16-6) tries to keep it going after clinching the region title and No. 1 seed. The Panthers welcome No. 4-seeded Spring Valley to The Black Hole at 7 p.m., with the winner taking on the victor between the No. 2 Fort Dorchester-No. 3 Aiken on Saturday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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