MB’s last-second shots fall short in Lower State semis

The Myrtle Beach boys basketball team’s season came to an end by the slimmest of margins in Tuesday night’s Lower State semifinals with a dramatic 46-45 loss to visiting Darlington.

The second-seeded Seahawks’ (18-10) surprising run through the Class AAA brackets almost continued to this weekend’s Lower State final in Florence, but a pair of late 3-point attempts rimmed out before the final horn sounded.

After also-No. 2 seeded Darlington took the lead on a basket with 14 seconds remaining, Myrtle Beach got open looks from Tysheem Lewis and Nolin Butler but neither shot would fall. The dramatic conclusion came after a hard-fought, physical contest.

The Seahawks built a 27-19 lead at halftime lead but the Falcons quickly chipped away at it in the third period. Darlington held Myrtle Beach to only eight points in the fourth quarter in a defensive struggle for both teams.

Myrtle Beach was led by senior Solomon Cooper with nine points and Nolin Butler added eight.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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