Sharks survive off-shooting night, defense stops Chiefs

The St. James boys basketball team overcame a cold shooting night for a 42-34 win its Region VIII-AAA opener over visiting North Myrtle Beach on Monday night.

Despite shooting just 33 percent on the night, the Sharks (6-6 overall) did it with defense, holding North Myrtle Beach to 26 percent shooting from the field and forcing 16 turnovers.

St. James, which trailed 17-15 at halftime of a sloppy game, snapped out of it in the second half by scoring 13 and 14 points respectively over the final two periods.

The Chiefs (8-4) were held to single digits in all four quarters at the Shark Tank. Jaquan Grissett and Rodrick Hemingway led the team ins scoring with nine apiece, and Hemingway just missed out on a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Sharks were led by Caleb Duggan’s 18 points and JC Cavin added 10. Duggan had five steals and four assists to finally get the rest of the offense involved. St. James held a 24-12 edge in points off turnovers.

Both teams return to region action Friday night, when North Myrtle Beach travels to Wilson and St. James hosts Georgetown.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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