Friendly Fire: NMB’s Green to battle Socastee’s Hilton

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Alvin Green (center left) and Derrick Hilton (center right) grew up playing together and serving as co-assistant coaches at Socastee. The two will meet for the first time as head coaches on Wednesday.

Former Socastee High standouts and first-year basketball head coaches Alvin Green and Derrick Hilton have always been on the same sideline – at least until Wednesday night.

That’s when the longtime friends, teammates and fellow assistant coaches square off for the first time as Hilton’s Socastee Braves visit Green’s North Myrtle Beach Chiefs.

“He’s somebody that has always been in my corner,” Green said of Hilton, who played three seasons together at Socastee in the late 1990s. “He’s like a big brother to me and I’m very appreciative of Derrick and what he’s done for me in life.”

But instead of being in his corner, this time Hilton will be on the opposing bench. It’s an unfamiliar position for both and a scenario that neither could have imagined just a few months ago when they were serving as assistants at their alma mater.

“It was great just the two of us being there and being back together on the court in a coaching capacity,”Hilton said, “but (also) getting to teach these kids about some of the tradition about playing for Socastee High.”

Green, who played college ball at Coastal Carolina and has been seeking a head coaching position, finally got the chance when North Myrtle Beach decided to hire him last summer. Two few weeks later, Hilton was elevated to replace DeAndre Scott.

The two will compete against each other for the first time Wednesday and they are both being very competitive individuals. Hilton says he is looking forward to creating a little bit of a rivalry between the two schools, but win or lose, their friendship will endure.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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