MB one win from state with OT rally past Midland Valley

mbhoops-dunkThe Myrtle Beach boys basketball team proved once again Wednesday night that it’s not how you start that counts, but how you finish.

The top-seeded Seahawks got off to a slow start for the second straight playoff game but once again caught fire down the stretch to defeat visiting Midland Valley 55-51 in overtime of the Lower State semifinals.

Myrtle Beach managed to score only 17 points in the first half, fortunate to be trailing only by six points at the break. But Midland Valley led by as many as 16 in the third period before the Seahawks rallied.

Myrtle Beach closed the third period by scoring 13 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 36-33, then the Seahawks went on to force overtime. Brooks Swanson scored a game-high 23, including a late 3-pointer for force the extra period. Myrtle Beach took the lead for the first time in the extra period and held on for the win.

Myrtle Beach advances to the Lower State Finals on Saturday night against Darlington at the Florence Civic Center.

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