Local teams get big tests in Beach Ball Classic openers

The two local teams in this year’s Beach Ball Classic will have their hands full in their opening round games as Myrtle Beach and Socastee take on past tournament champions in prime time matchups.

bbc-bishopgormandunkThe 34th annual high school hoops tournament, which released the final schedule for the Dec. 26-31 event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center this week, pits Myrtle Beach vs. 2006 BBC champion St. Edward (OH) in the Dec. 26 opening-night nightcap at 8:45 p.m. The next night, Socastee faces 2009 BBC champion Bishop Gorman (NV) in the same time slot.

Bishop Gorman (NV) is ranked No. 7 nationally by MaxPreps, and captured the Nevada Division 1 state title last season. Regular visitors to the BBC in recent years, features another talented lineup led by Duke commit Chase Jeter, a 6-foot-11 post player. The field also features No. 21 ranked St. Francis (GA), the defending Georgia Class A champs.

Reigning SCHSL Class A state champion Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach will take part in exhibition games again this year, facing Carvers Bay in the tournament opener at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and meeting Heathwood Hall at 5 p.m. Sunday. See the full schedule at the following link. http://www.beachballclassic.com/schedule/beach-ball-classic/

The schedules were also announced for the Dec. 17-22 CresCom Holiday Classic and the Carolinas Challenge women’s tournaments. In college play, North Carolina will face Maine at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, and Elon at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, followed by Coastal Carolina vs. St. Francis at 5 p.m. For a full schedule of the CresCom Holiday Classic, click the following link: http://www.beachballclassic.com/schedule/crescom-holiday-invitational/

Tickets are available at the following link: http://www.beachballclassic.com/tickets/

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