Rufus King withstands big rally bid by East Rutherford

If Wednesday’s Beach Ball Classic opener between Rufus King (WI) and East Rutherford (NC) is any indication, Grand Strand basketball fans are in for a real treat this year.

The Generals (7-0) of Rufus King withstood a strong comeback bid by the Cavaliers (9-2) of East Rutherford for a thrilling 51-48 victory in the opener of the six-day, 16-team tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Rufus King led by double digits at halftime and by as many as 12 to start the second half, but the Cavs caught fire behind junior Travis Waldroup-Rodreguez, who scored a team-high 14 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining.

But the Generals connected on 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch, including a pair by Austin Malone-Mitchell, who scored a game-high 19 points. Jamel Posey added 10 points, two of them on the final free throws of the game to close ouyt the win.

Rufus King advances to the championship bracket quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. Friday to face the winnewr of Wednesday’s game between Archbishop O’Connell and St. James.

Photo by Digital Magic Photography

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