Chiefs silence Braves, face showdown with Seahawks

nmbhoops-5blockThe lengthy winter weather delay didn’t keep the No. 6-ranked North Myrtle Beach boys basketball team from coming out red-hot in Friday night’s 46-34 victory over host Socastee.

The Chiefs and Braves were polar opposites in a first quarter that saw NMB turn an early 4-4 tie into a 16-0 run to close the period. The Braves never closed within double digits the rest of the way.

In an odd promotion, the Braves fans opted not to cheer until their team reached 10 points. It turned out to be a long wait as Socastee didn’t reach double figures until midway through the second period. By then, the game was basically decided.

NMB’s Matt Lindsey scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the decisive first period, and twin brother Josh added 14 to score as many combined as the entire Socastee team. Koel Cutler led the Braves with 18 points.

The win keeps the Chiefs (19-4 overall, 8-1 Region 7-3A) on track for Saturday night’s showdown with rival and No. 1-ranked Myrtle Beach for first place in the region. NMB would have to beat the Seahawks twice to claim the top seed.

The Braves (13-10, 5-4) lost out on the chance to earn a possible first-round home game in the playoffs but they have clinched the No. 3 seed in the region. They play at St. James on Saturday.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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