Panthers top local poll, face rematch with Chiefs tonight

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Carolina Forest boys basketball team. Apparently the project is ahead of schedule.

After winning four games in five days to open the 2011-12 campaign last week, the Panthers (4-0) shot to the top of the Coastal Basketball Coaches Association’s Top 10 Poll.

The Panthers defeated intra-county rivals North Myrtle Beach, Loris, Myrtle Beach and Socastee to beat out Andrews (7-1) for the top spot.

Led by senior Robert Gray’s 19 points per game to earn a spot on the all-CBCA team for the week, Carolina Forest will take its unbeaten record on the road for a rematch with No. 7 North Myrtle Beach (2-1) on Tuesday.

Socastee (4-1), which edged Georgetown (5-2) for the No. 3 spot in the poll, will welcome No. 10 Waccamaw (2-4) to The Wave on Tuesday night.

Myrtle Beach (2-3) round out the top five thanks to a big week by T.J. Jones, who made the all-CBCA squad after averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Carvers Bay (4-4) is No. 6, followed by No. 7 Conway (2-2). The Tigers will travel to Georgetown on Tuesday night.

No. 8 North Myrtle Beach (1-1). Loris and Waccamaw round out the top 10, while unranked St. James (0-3) travels to Andrews on Tuesday.

POLL WEEK 2

1.  Carolina Forest (4-0)
2.  Andrews  (7-1)
3.  Socastee (4-1)
4.  Georgetown (5-2)
5.  Myrtle Beach (2-3)
6.  Carvers Bay (4-4)
7.  Conway (2-2)
8.  North Myrtle Beach (2-1)
9.  Loris (2-3)
10. Waccamaw (2-4)

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