MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The Carvers Bay Bears made the most of playing at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the first time, as they beat Christian Academy in the tipoff game of the Beach Ball Classic 54-46 on Thursday night. The opening game was a precursor to the single-elimination tournament beginning later in the day.
Eaddy Moore led Carvers Bay with ten points, and all nine Bears that played registered points. Austin Guyton led the Saints with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Lang added 12 of his own.
After trailing by 12 at the half, the Saints cut the lead to four with just minutes to play before the Bears were able to run away with the victory.
The single elimination bracket begins Thursday afternoon with Spring Valley (Columbia, SC) taking on Northland High (Columbus, OH). Three area teams are in this year's field: the Myrtle Beach Seahawks open against Bishop O'Connell out of Virginia Thursday at 8:45, while the Socastee Braves begin play Friday against Providence (FL) at 5:15. Mullins has the final first round game of the tournament, tipping Friday at 8:45 against Franklin High School (OH).
The schedule for the first two rounds of the tournament is listed below. All games are played at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26TH
Game 1: 3:30 - Northland (OH) vs. Spring Valley (SC)
Game 2: 5:15 - Miller Grove (GA) vs. Bullis School (MD)
Game 3: 7:00 - Hough (NC) vs. Madison Memorial (WI)
Game 4: 8:45 - Bishop O'Connell vs. Myrtle Beach
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27TH
Game 5: 12:00 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6: 1:45 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7: 3:30 - Father Henry Carr (Canada) vs. Moeller (OH)
Game 8: 5:15 - Providence (FL) vs. Socastee
Game 9: 7:00 - Bishop Loughlin (NY) vs. Norcross (GA)
Game 10: 8:45 - Franklin (OH) vs. Mullins