Boys Hoops: Sharks shoot down Seahawks at FT line

conhoops-24With the game was on the line, so was St. James.

The Sharks (15-5 overall, 6-2 region) connected on 12 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 61-53 victory over host Myrtle Beach (7-15, 3-5).

Clinging to a one-point lead entering the fourth period, St. James finally sealed the deal at the free throw stripe to remain one game behind first-place Wilson in the Region 7-3A standings. The Sharks host the Tigers on Tuesday with first place at stake.

Haywood Brandon went 9 for 10 for the game, including a perfect 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 18 points. The Sharks hit 21 of 29 at the foul line for the game and had four players score in double figures: Jordan Fields tallied 13 points, Zach Werba added 12 and Jackson Hurston chipped in 10.

Myrtle Beach’s Adam Zam scored a game-high 20 points and Bryce Schneider had 13, but the Seahawks dropped their fourth straight region contest and are in danger of missing the playoffs. The Seahawks travel to Georgetown on Tuesday.

* North Myrtle Beach 68, Georgetown 59: Matthew Stanaland scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Chiefs to a victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

* West Florence 66, Conway 63: The Tigers’ playoff chances took another blow with a loss to the visiting Knights.

Christian Jeffords led Conway with 22 points and Jalen Hennigan added 13 but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell into fourth place in the Region 6-4A standings.

* South Florence 75, Socastee 43: The Braves were officially eliminated from playof contention with a big loss to the visiting Bruins.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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