Seahawks run out of magic in Lower State title game

mbhoops-20dThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team finally ran out of comeback magic in Saturday night’s Class 3A Lower State Final in Florence.

The Seahawks (22-7) found themselves in a double-digit deficit for the third consecutive playoff game, but this time the comeback fell short.

Myrtle Beach saw its surprisingly strong season come to a close with a 66-60 defeat to Darlington (19-5) at the Florence Civic Center.

The Seahawks fell behind in the first period, which had become almost expected after their recent slow starts. Darlington carried a 33-24 lead into the locker room.

But Myrtle Beach once again showed its never-say-die spirit that carried them farther than any season since 2008. The Seahawks cut the lead to 41-39 entering the final quarter.

Darlington managed to put the game away at the free throw line late, connecting on 15 foul shots in the final frame. Frankie Johnson led the Falcons with a game-high 31 points, while Soloman Cooper led Myrtle Beach with 11.

Darlington advances to face AC Flora, which defeated Greenville in the Upper State Final, next Saturday in Columbia.

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