Boys Hoops: Seahawks top Chiefs, both playoff-bound

mbhoops-24Myrtle Beach’s 51-48 victory over visiting North Myrtle Beach was a win for both rivals.

The Seahawks (8-16 overall, 4-6 region) created a three-way tie for third place in Region 7-3A, with the tiebreaker giving Myrtle Beach the edge for the No. 3 playoff seed with the Chiefs (12-9, 4-6) taking the No. 4 and final playoff seed. Georgetown is the lone team out in the tiebreaker.

The Seahawks had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they used a late third-quarter surge to put some distance on the Chiefs. North Myrtle Beach battled back to make it close but Myrtle Beach hit free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

Bryce Schneider scored 13 points to lead the Seahawks, Will Gray added 12, Malik Waring tallied nine and Rob Swanson chipped in seven to lead a balanced scoring effort for the Seahawks. Stephen Bryant scored a game-high 20 and Matthew Stanaland added 10.

Myrtle Beach travels to Airport for a first-round game on Tuesday. North Myrtle Beach’s opponent is still to be determined.

* St. James 55, Lake City 46: The Sharks (16-5, 7-3) turned in a nice playoff tune-up performance with a road victory over the Panthers (10-9, 2-8).

Haywood Brandon and Jackson Hurston scored a game-high 14 points apiece and Garrett Mullis added 11 as the Sharks outscored the Panthers 14-6 in the second period in the game’s pivotal run.

The Sharks already had wrapped up the region’s No. 2 seed and will play host to Aiken on Tuesday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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