Panther Classic: Seahawks see thrilling run fall in final

Myrtle Beach’s thrilling run through the Panther Classic ended with a 77-65 defeat to Keenan in Saturday’s championship game at Carolina Forest High.

After winning their first two games by a combined three points, the Seahawks pulled out another nail-biter in Saturday’s semifinal with a 52-50 victory over John Handley (VA).

But Myrtle Beach finally ran out of magic in the final, falling to Keenan and tournament MVP Raekwon Horton. Keenan defeated Chreaw 74-50 in the other semifinal.

It was a fitting finish to a highly competitive tournament that saw several games come down to the wire. In fact, tournament host Carolina Forest had two on Saturday.

The Panthers defeated Andrews 62-61 in their finale, but suffered a 46-44 loss to North Myrtle Beach earlier in the day. The Panthers had defeated the Chiefs in their two previous meetings this season. Tyron Stockdale led NMB with 11 points, while Carolina Forest’s Kyle Watkins had a game-high 12.

Conway, which won the tournament last year, suffered its second loss of the event with a 51-49 defeat to Calhoun County. Other games saw Carvers Bay take a 70-68 win over East Hall 68; Covington (TN) beat Andrews 77-45; and Franklin County (GA) edged Carvers Bay 62-61.

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