Saints struggle at foul line, suffer first loss of season

Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach suffered its first defeat of the season Friday night with a 64-61 road loss to SCISA Class AA state power Palmetto Christian Academy of Mt. Pleasant.

The Saints (9-1) struggled from the free-throw line, connecting on just 9 of 22 for the second half to squander a golden opportunity to beat Palmetto Christian. The two schools have faced off five times for the state title, with CAMB taking three of the meetings.

The Saints built a 17-8 lead after one quarter but watched PAC chip away at the lead until tying it up at 47-all entering the fourth period. CAMB, which shot just 2 for 15 from 3-point range, couldn’t close the deal down the stretch.

CAMB senior Kendall Henry recorded another double-double, scoring a team-high 16 points and 13 rebounds, and classmate Max Smith added 15 points and seven boards. Sophomore Josh Lang scored 11 points and freshman guard Bernard Jones was held to just two points after getting into early foul trouble.

The Saints return to action Monday with a rematch at Socastee, which CAMB rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat 51-48 in overtime last week.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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