Region races close out with rivalry games tonight, Friday

The high school basketball regular season comes to a close tonight and Friday, but several area teams have already stamped their tickets to the postseason.

All six Grand Strand teams finish the regular season against their chief rivals. Myrtle Beach visits North Myrtle Beach tonight, while St. James hosts Highway 707 nemesis Socastee in Region VIII-AAA play.

Region VI-AAAA closes out Friday with Carolina Forest making the short trip up Highway 501 to face rival Conway. The Panthers, however, will be moving on after that game.

The Carolina Forest boys are tied atop the region standings with South Florence and could face a one-game playoff for the top spot depending upon how the final night shakes out. The Lady Panthers and Conway’s boys and girls already have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Tonight’s schedule, however, features some pivotal games in the Region VIII-AAA playoff positioning. The Myrtle Beach and St. James boys enter the night tied for second in the standings, while Wilson can clinch the title with a win at Georgetown.

The St. James Lady Sharks can lock up first place with a win over the Lady Braves, who are battling Wilson for the fourth and final playoff spot. Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach are locked into second and third place, respectively.

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