Socastee falls to Montverde in Beach Ball quarterfinals

The Socastee Braves struggled against the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Montverde Academy in the quarterfinals of the Beach Ball Classic, falling 101 – 38. Montverde held the host Braves to just 14 points in the first half and 22 percent shooting from the field, while putting up 51 points of their own.

Montverde chose to remain on the floor during halftime, dancing on the sidelines and speaking with young fans.

The second half was much the same, with Socastee only able to find 24 points. Duke signee and No. 1 ranked RJ Barrett put on a slam dunk exhibition in the second half, repeatedly finding a path to the open basket before both teams substituted in non-starters.

Socastee was led by Kenrell Generette with 10 points, while Cameron Spain contributed 7.

RJ Barrett led the Eagles with 23 points but had plenty of help as Montverde placed four players in double figures. Trevin Wade came off of the bench to connect on all eight of his shots from the field, including three from behind the arc, for 19 points. Filip Petrusev added 16 points and Andrew Nembhard added 11 points and 10 assists for Montverde.

The 63-point margin of victory is the third largest margin of victory. The largest is 78 points when Montverde defeated Socastee in the opening round of the 2015 BBC.

The Braves will face Imhotep Friday in the 1:45pm match-up. Montverde advances to the semifinals at 8:45pm Friday night.

 

Long Island Lutheran 57, Moeller 45 – Long Island Lutheran (NY) used a high energy defense to  defeat Moeller and advance to the semifinals of the 2017 Beach Ball Classic with a 57-45 victory.  Long Island (6-1) never trailed in the game and led by as many as 19 points in the second half.

Tyson Etienne led a balanced attack for Long Island with 17 points.  Donatas Kupsas addd 16 points and Frankie Policelli chipped in with 15 points as the starters for the Crusaders scored all of the team’s points.

Long Island Lutheran advances to the semifinal round and will face Cox Mill (NC) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Moeller falls into the consolation bracket and will face Clark for an opportunity to play for 5th place in the BBC.

 

Cox Mill 54, Clark 45 – Cox Mill (NC) (11-0) advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Beach Ball Classic with a 54-45 victory over Clark (NV) (11-2) at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center.

With North Carolina’s Roy Williams and NC State’s Kevin Keatts sitting courtside, Wendell Moore put on an offensive show, leading all scorers with 32 points and adding seven rebounds.  Moore connected on 10-of-17 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

Cox Mill advances to the semifinal round and will face Long Island (NY) match-up on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Clark falls into the consolation bracket and will face Moeller (OH) for an opportunity to play for 5th place in the BBC.

 

Dematha 56, Imhotep 43 – Dematha used a stifling defense to defeat Imhotep in the quarterfinals of the Beach Ball Classic. Holding Imhotep to just 12 points in the first half, the Dematha Stags (9-0) advanced to the semifinals and will face the No. 1 ranked Montverde Eagles (16-0) in the 8:45 match-up Friday night.
Dematha was led by junior Justin Moore with 21 points.

Photo Credit: Michael Graves, Digital Magic Photo

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