Seahawks seeking strength in numbers, not statistics

Myrtle Beach boys basketball coach Craig Martin knows he can’t replace the scoring of departing stars Tramond Wilson, Emaray Johnson and EJ Goings, but he might have the team to make up the difference.

Without the stats-leading trio in this year’s lineup, this year’s Seahawks will have to rely more on teamwork and defense to compensate for the loss in pure athleticism. It’s a new ballgame at Myrtle Beach.

“Get the absolute most I can out of each player and to perform at an optimal level as a team,” Martin said of the keys to the season. “We aren’t going to have gaudy stats in our system.  It’s a true team system.”

Leading the team-oriented offensive attack at point guard will be senior Nolin Butler, who emerged late last season to average 5 points and assists per game in limited action. He will be responsible for running the offense and holding opponents’ best shooters in check.

“Nolin is a great defender and court general, the best pure point guard I have had since moving to Myrtle Beach,” said Martin, whose Seahawks went 14-12 last season. “He has the ability to get to the basket and make those around him better.”

Also returning is junior swingman Solomon Cooper, who averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds per game last season and “Has a nose for the ball on the offensive and defensive end,” Martin said. “Solomon is able to play every position on the court and is a very hard guard and difficult to match up with.”

Butler and Solomon must work well with newcomers Rivers Singleton, Brooks Swanson and Coleman Martini. The Seahawks also have some inexperienced depth that will play a major role in how well they come together and whether they can advance beyond the second round of the Class 3A playoffs like last year.

Myrtle Beach opens the season Wednesday at West Florence before playing Mullins in Friday’s home opener.

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