Saints knock off Dolphins, reach SCISA state title tilt

cambhoops-0The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team may need to make more room in its trophy case and rafters, because the Saints are one win away from bringing home another piece of hardware and hanging another state championship banner.

Christian Academy defeated Hilton Head Prep 57-52 in a hard-fought SCISA Class 2A semifinal on Thursday at the Sumter Civic Center. With five state titles to the program’s credit, the Saints will go for their sixth in 10 years on Saturday.

The Saints’ seventh straight win didn’t come easily as Hilton Head Prep rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half to tie it at 37-all entering the fourth quarter. But Christian Academy regained control down the stretch to preserve the win.

Christian Academy used a balanced scoring attack, led by senior Bryce Schneider’s 17 points. Michael Green scored 13 points, Justin Busby tallied 10, and Jaylen Matthews delivered eight points and seven rebounds to the cause.

Christian Academy advances to face Spartanburg Day on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. A sellout crowd is expected so fans are advised to arrive early.

Photo by Lindsay Hickman

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