Local hoops teams’ playoff hopes riding on the road

sjhoops-mbIf the Grand Strand’s boys and girls basketball teams are going to represent the region well in the playoffs, they will have to do so on the road when the postseason tips off Monday.

Six of the Strand’s eight SCHSL playoff teams will open on the road, with the top-seeded Myrtle Beach girls hosting No. 4-seeded Gilbert on Monday, and No. 2-seeded St. James boys welcoming Aiken to the Shark Tank on Tuesday. Not to look too far ahead, but the Sharks would likely have to hit the road in the second round if they win, while the Lady Seahawks are assured only one more home playoff game, if they get past Gilbert.

The rest of the local representatives will hit the highway for the first round. No. 3-seeded St. James travels to Airport and No. 4 North Myrtle Beach goes to Aiken in Monday’s Class 3A girls playoff opener, while No. 3-seeded Socastee visits White Knoll in Tuesday’s Class 4A girls postseason debut.

In boys action, No. 3-seeded Myrtle Beach travels to Airport and No. 4 North Myrtle Beach visits Midland Valley in Tuesday’s Class 3A boys playoff opener. No. 4-seeded Conway goes to Irmo in Wednesday’s Class 4A postseason bracket.

In SCISA play, the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys and girls will learn their playoff paths in the Class 2A state tournament brackets on Monday.

Girls (Monday unless noted)
Gilbert at Myrtle Beach
St. James at Airport
North Myrtle Beach at Aiken
Socastee at White Knoll (Tuesday)
Christian Academy of MB vs. TBA

Boys (Tuesday unless noted)
Aiken at St. James
Myrtle Beach at Airport
North Myrtle Beach at Midland Valley
Conway at Irmo (Wednesday)
Christian Academy of MB vs. TBA

Photo by Rancier Photography

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