Seahawks surge past NMB, take No. 2 seed from Sharks

The Myrtle Beach Seahawks closed out Thursday’s game with a 7-2 run over the final two minutes to defeat host North Myrtle Beach 53-48.

Tied at 46-all, Emaray Johnson hit a 3-pointer to give the Seahawks the lead for good. Bert Mack and Nolin Butler added baskets down the stretch to help Myrtle Beach pull out the victory.

Just as important to the Seahawks was a game unfolding a few miles away at St. James which lost to Socastee in the Shark Tank to fall into a tie for second place with Myrtle Beach.

The Seahawks won the tie-breaker based on region points to claim the No. 2 seed and home-court advantage in Tuesday’s opening round of the playoffs, while the Sharks sank to third in the region and must go on the road in the first round. Their opponents have yet to be determined.

In a game that featured 21 lead changes and eight ties, the Seahawks (13-11 overall, 7-3 region) prevailed in the final minutes. Johnson and Butler led the Seahawks with 12 points apiece as Myrtle Beach erased a fourth-quarter deficit to knock off the Chiefs (9-10, 1-7), whose season came to an end Tuesday.

North Myrtle Beach got a game-high 19 points from Jaquan Grissett and Josh Lindsey added 12. Rodrick Hemingway pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Chiefs.

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