Local teams to face nation’s best in Beach Ball openers

mbhoops-socThe Myrtle Beach and Socastee boys basketball teams have a date with the top two teams in the nation at the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

According to USA Today’s most recent computer rankings, which are provided by Ken Massey, Montverde (FL) is the nation’s No. 1 team after knocking off fellow top 5 foe Huntington-St. Joseph Prep (WV) on national television Monday night. They will face Socastee in the Dec. 26 opener of the six-day, 16-team tournament.

Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach will face No. 2-ranked Mater Dei (CA) in the Monday, Dec. 28, nightcap. The top two are among as many as five teams ranked in the national rankings, including Mustang (OK) and St. Edward (OH), The slam dunk and 3-point contests are set for Sunday, Dec. 27, and the finals are scheduled for New Year’s Eve. St. James and Christian Academy are also in action.

The CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational also attracts a strong field with teams from six US states and one from Canada. Undefeated Myrtle Beach has a chance to hang with some of the best teams, including Christ the King (NY) in the Dec. 17 opener. St. James gets to test its skills in an international matchup against St. Mary’s (Canada) on Dec. 18. The finals are set for Dec. 22.

Also boasting an impressive lineup is the Carolinas Challenge, which is spread out over two days this year. Coastal Carolina faces ACC foe Wake Forest on Dec. 18, and Dec. 20th will see a doubleheader involving a pair of national powerhouses in South Carolina vs. East Carolina, followed by North Carolina vs. Southern Mississippi.

For full schedules or ticket information to any or all three basketball events, visit www.beachballclassic.com.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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