Beach Ball Classic brings back familiar foes in 2012

Two semifinalists from last year’s Beach Ball Classic will return to headline the 2012 edition of the annual holiday high school basketball tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), which won the 2009 BBC championship, defeated Whitney Young (Chicago) in the semifinals last year. Both teams return for the Dec. 26-31 tourney to take another shot at the elusive title.

Also competing for the prestigious prize will be Christ Presbyterian Academy (TN), East Rutherford (NC), Franklin (OH), Hudson Catholic (NJ), Orem (UT), Rufus King (WI), Scott County (KY), St. Rita (IL) and Wheeler (GA).

Four South Carolina schools will join the fray, led by tournament co-hosts Myrtle Beach and Socastee. St. James and Spring Valley will make their Beach Ball debuts in 2012.

The Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational, held Dec. 18-22 at MBCC, will feature Kings Fork (VA), Crestwood (SC), Atlantic High (FL), Perry County Central (KY), Edgewater (FL), Center Point (AL), C.E. Murray (SC), Our Lady of Mercy (NJ), Penfield (NY), Pinewood Prep (SC), Dreher (SC), Miami Sr. (FL),Potterhouse (FL), Heathwood Hall (SC) and Archbishop Carroll (PA), as well as host Myrtle Beach.

In the CresCom Bank Carolinas Challenge for women’s college basketball on Dec. 19, North Florida takes on Coastal Carolina, East Carolina plays North Carolina and Providence vs. Clemson.

Advanced ticket packages are available by visiting www.beachballclassic.com.

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