Socastee’s Scalise helps Braves beat Bears at buzzer

Socastee High senior Matt Scalise hit the game-winning basket in the final seconds and the Braves survived a furious second-half comeback by visiting Carvers Bay to hold on for a 42-40 victory on Tuesday night at “The Wave.”

Following a sluggish first half by both teams, Socastee outscored the Bears (0-1) 22-4 in the third quarter to carry a 32-17 advantage into the final frame. But the Bears, who reached the third round of the Class A playoffs last season, made a late surge in the fourth quarter, led by Teondre Bromell’s game-high 21 points.

Carvers Bay went on a 23-8 run and tied the game at 40-all to set the stage for Scalise’s heroics. He finished with only four points but none were bigger than the basket he used to beat the buzzer and the Bears.

Socastee was led by Tarvis Frye’s 16 points and See Man added 11 as the Braves got off to a winning start to their 2011-12 season. They travel to Waccamaw on Friday night.

* Girls: The Lady Braves made a strong start to the 2011-12 season on Tuesday night by blowing out the Carvers Bay 62-14 at “The Wave.”

Socastee Kirstin Zanardo tallied 16 points and Blake Smith poured in 14 to pace the Lady Braves (1-0), who return to action at home Friday at Coway High.

Photo courtesy of Socastee Athletics

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