Monday, December 30, 2013
St. James got 22 points from non-starters to beat Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 71-48 on Sunday in the Beach Ball Classic.
Three-and-a-half minutes into the game the Sharks took the lead for good at 5-4, but the Saints kept the score close for half of the first half.
St. James started to pull away after Christian Academy cut the lead to 19-14, closing out the first half on a 26-11 run to take a 45-25 lead at halftime.
The Sharks had the hot shooting hand in the first half, sinking 66 percent of their shots from the floor and 84 percent from the free-throw line.
“We had a really good shooting night,” said St. James coach Monty Carr. “We played at a higher pace [with] higher energy and we were also fortunate [they] had a bad shooting first half. That gave us a little bit of a chance to build a lead and we just kept it for the whole game.”
The 20-point halftime lead was the deciding factor in the game, as St. James only outscored Christian Academy 26-23 in the second half.
Dakota Holmes led the Sharks with 21 points and four rebounds.
“It’s fun and exciting [but] it’s nerve-wracking too because you’ve got everyone watching, all your friends and family because we live here they all came out to support us,” Holmes said.
Jackson Hurston had 15 points, five rebounds and two assists; Josh Roper had nine points and 10 rebounds; Zach Werba had eight points and two assists; Jacob Ziegler had five points and two rebounds; Donivan Phillips had four points and four rebounds; and Hunter Mullis had four rebounds.
“Anytime my guys get a chance to be in the Beach Ball Classic … they learn about another level of play,” Carr said. “Even if we can’t play the big boys, watching the big boys plays can sometimes inspire young players.”
“It’s always exciting to come out, all these people watching you and you give your best performance,” Roper said. “It means a lot to show what we have and … how great we can be with the performance we put on tonight. That was our best game we’ve ever played this season.”
The Warriors lost to Georgetown High 65-55 on Sunday in the Beach Ball Classic.
“I appreciate coming up here,” said Warriors coach Mike Quinn. “It’s a lot of fun. I told the kids at the end of the game, enjoy the opportunity.”
Both teams started slowly, with neither breaking into double-digits in scoring until Georgetown took an 11-8 lead seven minutes into the game.
Waccamaw then went on a 10-2 run, fueled by Jack Dwyer’s five points, to take an 18-13 lead.
Georgetown then went on a 14-6 run to close out the first half leading 27-24.
Waccamaw kept Georgetown’s lead to single-digits for the first eight minutes of the second half the Bulldogs went 46-36.
A 9-4 run gave Georgetown a 55-40 lead with about 5 minutes left in the game, but Waccamaw refused to go away.
Justin Busby started the Warriors comeback with two 3-pointers in a minute to cut the lead to 55-46.
“Justin Busby got us back into the game,” Quinn said. “Hitting those two incredible 3-pointers got the crowd going and we fed off that energy.”
Dwyer was then fouled twice and made all four free throws to cut the lead to 55-50. After a Bulldogs basket, a foul shot by Jemon Smalls and a basket by Adonis Williams made the score 57-53.
“We started to play [with] intensity, we built that up,” Dwyer said. “That helped us and our defense picked up. When we go to the basket we’re a hard team to stop. So when we get our defense going and we get the fast break going … we can make a comeback and you never know what’s going to happen.”
After Georgetown free throw, Justin Hardee got Waccamaw’s last basket of the game and the Bulldogs scored the final seven points of the game to seal the 65-55 victory.
“We didn’t quit. We played hard,” Quinn said. “It was just at the end of the game we weren’t able to get that big basket when we needed it.”
Dwyer had 11 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead Waccamaw.
Williams had 11 points, Stephon Funnye had 10, Busby had nine, Hardee had eight and Smalls had five.
“I think it’s a big step for our program since we’ve never done it,” Dwyer said. “It’s a great honor for us because it’s such a big tournament.”