Boys Hoops: St. James tops Socastee; Saints reach final

sjhoops-socThe St. James boys basketball teams scored an impressive second-half comeback to upset visiting Socastee on Saturday night.

Trailing by double digits at halftime, the Sharks (7-16 overall, 2-7 Region 7-3A) rallied to knock off the Braves (13-9, 5-5) for a rare region victory in their final home game of an otherwise difficult season. St. James closes out the season Monday at Wilson but is eliminated from playoff contention.

Socastee had already clinched the No. 3 seed but enters the playoffs on the heels of a pair of tough losses. The Braves were thumped by North Myrtle Beach on Friday night.

St. James was led by Jackson Hurston’s game-high 21 points and Zach Werba added 13. Socastee’s Finn Melko scored a team-high 14 and Dante Moore chipped in 12.

* Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 65, Coastal Christian 46: The Saints easily advanced to the final of the SCISA Region 3A tournament on Saturday with convincing victory in the semifinals.

Bernard Jones posted a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Saints. Austin Guyton had 10 points and six boards. CAMB will go for a region repeat on Tuesday.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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