Saints sail into state semis; eye rematch with Newberry

cambhoops-2newdmpcambhoops-2newdmpThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach took another step toward successfully defending its SCISA Class A boys state basketball title on Tuesday night with an easy 64-34 victory over Cathedral Academy in the state quarterfinals.

Playing against their region rival for the third time this season, the top-seeded Saints (21-6) once again dispatched of the Generals, this time at the neutral site of Orangeburg Prep.

The Saints wasted little time asserting themselves as the tournament favorite, opening the game with a 13-2 run in the first quarter. They were never threatened the rest of the way as CAMB coach Darren Gore was able to play the entire roster.

Matt Doria led the Saints with 12 points, Austin Guyton added 10 and Josh Lang chipped in nine. Garrett Richards was held to six points but pulled down 13 rebounds, and Cole Gore had four points, rebounds and steals.

The Saints’ next hurdle is Newberry Academy in the state semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Hall in Sumter. CAMB took a one-point decision at Newberry eariler this season.

“They have a very good team and they played a great game (in Tuesday night’s win over Anderson Christian,” Gore said. “Our guys have to be ready. We’ve got six seniors and a lot of playoff experience, and that’s what we’re hoping to draw upon Thursday.”

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