Beach Ball Classic, Day 1: Braves, Saints lose debuts

Two local high school basketball teams found out just how tough this year’s Beach Ball Classic is the hard way in Wednesday’s opening round at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Socastee suffered a 95-60 defeat to Scott County (KY), and Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach took a 75-52 loss to Archbishop Stepinac (NY) in the 38th annual high school hoops showcase.

Scott County senior standout Michael Moreno posted a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cardinals. Jay Williams led Socastee with 22 points in the losing effort.

Archbishop Stepinac junior RJ Davis tallied 25 points while teammate Adrian Griffin Jr. added 19 points. The Saints were led by Michael Green with a game-high 30 points and Davis Guyton scored 16.

In the other two first-round games, Cox Mill (NC) put on a show by winning a 92-82 shootout with University School (VA). Wendall Moore Jr. posted a double-double of 35 points and 14 boards.

North Little Rock (AR) claimed a 76-60 victory over Florence (MS). Shawn Fudge led five Wildcats in double figures with 19 points, while Florence’s Jaylen Forbes had 27 points and 17 rebounds.

Day 2 of tournament action continues Thursday with six games on the schedule.

Photo by Michael Graves/Digital Magic Photo

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