Socastee, St. James fall in Beach Ball Classic openers

StjamesMontverde (FL) Academy posted 18 dunks, 13 coming in the first half, as the top ranked team in the nation scored a 99-21 victory over Socastee (SC) in the opening round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

Montverde (12-1) scored the first 22 points of the game and went on to a Beach Ball Classic record winning margin of 78 points. The Eagles margin of victory tops the previous margin of 69 points set on December 26, 1987, when Archbishop Molloy (NY) defeated Nathan Hale (OK) 106-37.

Montverde had 13 players score in the contest, led with 12 points each by Micah Potter and Simi Shittu.  Montverde forced Socastee (5-5) into 31 turnovers, recorded 25 steals and had a point production from the bench of 59.

Socastee was paced by Jason Cudd’s seven points and seven rebounds.

Seton Hall Prep 78, St. James 41 – Seton Hall Prep (NJ) defeated St. James (SC) 78-41 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

Seton Hall Prep (4-0; West Orange, NJ) never trailed after opening the game by scoring the first six points.  The Pirates held an 11-6 advantage when St. James’ Jordan Fields connected on his third 3-point basket in the opening minutes to close the gap to 11-9 with 9:48 on the clock.  Seton Hall Prep then got hot from the outside, hitting 11-of-22 shots from the field in the final 8:36, as the Pirates outscored St. James 26-6 over that stretch to take a 37-15 lead at halftime.

Seton Hall Prep went on to lead by as many as 40 in the second half.  Zach Keller, who connected on 9-of-14 shots from the field, led the Pirates with 22 points, while teammate Stephen Ferraro added 16 points and five steals.

Jackson Hurston paced St. James with 11 points.

Christian Academy 70, Hanna-Pamplico 65 – The Saints defense buckled down and made some crucial stops in the final minutes of the BBC Kick-off game to defeat the Red Raiders of Hanna-Pamplico 70-65.

The Saints were led by freshman Michael Green with 24pts, 6 rebounds and Jay Williams 14pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists & 2 steals. Robert Guyton(So) had 10pts, 5 rebounds, 2 assists & 2 steals. Jaylen Matthews(Fr) 9oints & 6 rebounds. Bernard Jones(Sr) returned to the starting line-up and added 6pts, 5 rebs & 2 assts.

The Saints face Carvers Bay tomorrow at the BBC Sunday Showdown @ 1:30pm.

Moeller 86, Mullins 49 – Archbishop Moeller (OH) turned a close game into a blowout as the Crusaders advanced to the quarterfinal round with an impressive 86-49 victory over Mullins (SC) in the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

Moeller (7-0; Cincinnati, OH) led 45-34 at halftime and proceeded to connect on 68.2 percent of its shots from the field in the second half (15-22) as the Crusaders cruised to the victory.  Moeller led by as many as 37 in the second half.

Keegan McDowell and Trey McBride led Moeller with 21 points each.  The Crusaders’ Nate Georgetown dished out 10 assists to move into the BBC record book in a tie for ninth place for assists in a game.

Mullins (2-6) was led by Jalek Felton’s 20 points but the University of North Carolina signee connected on just 6-of-18 from the field.

St Francis 73, Poca  56 – For the first time in 32 games, Poca (WV) came out on the short end of the scoreboard with a 73-56 loss to St. Francis (GA) in the opening round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

St. Francis (8-3; Alpharetta, GA) found itself down 6-0 after a pair of quick 3-pount baskets by Poca’s Luke Frampton and Elijaf Cuffee.  St. Francis responded by scoring the game’s next 22 points and built the lead to 35-12 on a Drew Smith 3-pointer with 3:55 to play in the opening half.  Poca (4-1) went on a 16-1 run as Cuffee connected on three 3-point baskets during the stretch to close the gap to eight points at 36-28 with 44 seconds remaining in the half.  Chance Anderson’s two free throws capped the scoring in the first half to give St. Francis a 38-28 lead entering the break.

Poca (WV) could not close the gap into single digits in the second half as St. Francis led by as many as 20 points in the second 16-minute period.

St. Francis was paced by Kobi Simmons’ 28 points.  Cuffee led Poca with 23 points, while Luke Frampton added 17 points for The Dots.

Photo Credit: Digital Magic Photography

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