NMB boys, St. James girls win close region openers

nmbhoops-5jThe North Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team captured a key home victory in Monday night’s Region 7-3A opener, defeating preseason co-favorite St. James 60-57.

Josh Livingston scored a game-high 25 points to lead the host Chiefs (9-3 overall, 1-0 region) past the pesky Sharks (9-3, 0-1). Kendrick Furness added 14 points and Doodle Hill chipped in nine points for the Chiefs.

St. James rallied in the fourth quarter but the Chiefs were too much down the stretch. Jackson Hurston scored 19 points and Haywood Brandon had 18 to lead the Sharks, who travel to face Georgetown on Friday. North Myrtle Beach welcomes Wilson on Friday.

Girls

* St. James 72, North Myrtle Beach 71: Kelsi Bachmann hit the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lift the Lady Sharks to a region-opening victory over the Lady Chiefs.

In a game that featured 36 fouls between the two teams and came down to a free throw shooting contest until the closing seconds.

Bachmann got a rebound and put it back as the horn sounded for an important region road win to open 7-3A play.

– Photo by Sona McIntyre

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