Boys Hoops: MB soars past Braves; Panthers win in OT

mbhoops-swansonblockThe No. 2-ranked Myrtle Beach boys basketball team scored a season sweep over rival Socastee and solidified its spot at the Region 7-3A standings with a 63-45 victory over the visiting Braves on Tuesday night.

The Seahawks (13-5 overall, 5-0 region) led just 29-22 at halftime but caught fire to pull away from the Braves (11-8, 4-2) in the second half. Myrtle Beach outscored Socastee 23-12 in the third quarter to put the game on ice.

Myrtle Beach was led by Brooks Swanson with 16 points and Anthony McNiel added 14. Socastee’s Koel Cutler tallied a game-high 21 points.

The Seahawks can put a virtual lock on the region title with a win at Georgetown on Wednesday. The Braves will face North Myrtle Beach in a key contest for second place in the region.

* Carolina Forest 64, West Florence 58: The Panthers kept their Region 6-4A title hopes alive with an overtime victory over the visiting Knights.

Carolina Forest’s Ryan Yurachek’s team-high 17 points included some clutch free throws down the stretch to hold off West Florence, which hit three 3-pointers in the final minute to force overtime. Zavier Jones scored 16 and Chris Johnson added 10.

* North Myrtle Beach 73, Wilson 53: The No. 8-ranked Chiefs (16-4, 5-1 region) scored a big victory on the road over the Tigers to maintain second place in the region. They face Socastee on Wednesday with second place in the region at stake.

Matt Stanaland scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Chiefs and Josh Lindsey knocked down 21.

* Georgetown 47, St. James 44: The Sharks (6-16, 1-6) suffered a tough road loss to the Bulldogs to remain in last place in the region. They face Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Tyus Goodman scored a game-high 13 points for the Sharks and Dakota Holmes and Garrett Mullis added 11 apiece.

* Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 59, Coastal Christian 50: The Saints (15-5, 6-1) took another step toward repeating as region champions with a big road win.

Austin Guyton recorded a double-double with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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