Seahawks tourney-tough in claiming Panther Classic title

It’s been more than a year since the Myrtle Beach boys basketball team had the chance to play in a tournament.

Apparently they’ve been looking forward to it.

The Seahawks (6-3) defeated Forsyth Country Day 57-51 in the championship game of the Panther Classic on Friday night at Carolina Forest High.

After missing last year’s playoffs and the Beach Ball Classic due to a SCHSL rules violation, the Seahawks came in hungry to the neighboring event to prove they could play in a competitive tournament and environment.

Myrtle Beach was led by E.J. Goings’ 15 points and teammate T.J., Jones added 13. The Seahawks got eight points apiece from Nolan Butler and Tramond Wilson, who was named the tournament MVP. he was joined on the all-tournament squad by Goings.

Forsyth Country Day was led by Jack Young’s 15 points and Colton Bishop and Andy Ball added 13 apiece one day after knocking tournament-host Carolina Forest into the losers’ bracket.

The Seahawks next play in the Beach Ball after being suspended from last year’s tourney. They face nationally ranked Lone Peak (Utah) at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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