Jones’ return sparks Saints to region-opening victory

cambhoops-5jThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team welcomed back its senior leader Thursday night. Not coincidentally, the Saints played perhaps their most solid game of the season in a 63-46 victory over Marlboro Academy.

Beginning his trek back from knee surgery, Bernard Jones scored five points, pulled down five rebounds, dished out three assists and made a steal in limited action. Although his stat line was modest compared to his past performances, Jones’ presence seemed to spark the Saints in their SCISA Region 3-2A opener after a brutal start to the season.

The Saints (4-9 overall, 1-0 region) have had to lean on youngsters during an injury-plagued early stretch, and they came through again Thursday. Freshman Michael Green scored 21 points and had five rebounds, and classmate Jalen Matthews added eight points and six boards. Senior forward Ian McCauley added 10 points and five rebound.

The Saintsa hope to hold on to that momentum for a nine-day layoff before facing Hannah-Pamplico in the opening game of the Beach Ball Classic on Dec. 26.

Photo courtesy of CAMB Athletics

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