Panther Classic: Conway captures crown at buzzer

conhoops-42The Conway High boys basketball team stole the show and the championship trophy at the Panther Classic on Thursday.

Playing on the home court of rival Carolina Forest, the Tigers made themselves right at home by winning a pair of games on the same day – including the nightcap in thrilling fashion.

Conway’s Juwon Moody hit the game-winning and championship-clinching shot at the buzzer to secure a 47-46 comeback victory over Durham (NC) Academy and cap a huge comeback over the final 5 minutes.

Trailing 43-33 and playing from behind the entire night, the Tigers caught fire late and shut down Durham for a 14-3 run to close the title game.

Conway, which improved to 9-1 on the season, earlier defeat Hemingway 56-49 in the semifinals just hours before the title game.

* Lakewood 63, Carolina Forest 46: The Panthers fell victim to a suffocating defense for the second straight day, losing a consolation contest on their home floor.

After scoring 92 points in their opener, the Panthers were held to a combined 85 in the final two contests.

* Myrtle Beach 68, Booker T. Washington 57: The Seahawks used a 13-3 run over the final minutes of the contest to edge Booker T. Washington (9:58 PM 12/22/2016Memphis, TN) in a consolation game that was close throughout.

The win allowed Myrtle Beach to go 2-1 in the tournament, with their lone loss coming to finalist Durham (NC) Academy. The Seahawks face an even tougher task in next week’s Beach Ball Classic.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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