Panther Classic: CF splits; MB, Tigers play nail-biters

Nine was the magic number for the Carolina Forest boys basketball team in Thursday’s opening round of the Panther Classic.

The tournament host Panthers (7-4) hit nine 3-pointers and had nine different players score in the 68-34 victory.

Carolina Forest’s Alex Greene scored a team-high 10 points, followed by five teammates with nine points apiece – Kyle Watkins, Mark Walker, PJ Robinson, Mason Garcia and Micah Nelson.

Franklin County’s Titus Brown scored a game-high 15 points. The Lions (5-6) move to the consolation bracket.

The Panthers suffered a 77-63 setback to Covington High School (TN) in the nightcap. Greene led the Panthers with 20 points, Watkins added 19, Garcia had 13 and Robinson added 10.

The Panthers play again at 9 a.m. Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

* Myrtle Beach 73, East Hall (GA) 72: The Seahawks won a nail-biter over the visitors from Georgia to move into the winners bracket.

* Keenan 61, Conway 60: Following a late Conway 3-pointer to tie the game at 60-all, Kennan made a free throw that proved to be the game-winner.

* Handley 49, North Myrtle Beach 29: The Judges’ defense shut down the Chiefs in a first-round matchup.

* Cheraw 77, Calhoun County 72: The Braves prevailed in another thrilling first-round game.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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