WHILE MANY WERE scurrying about finishing up last-minute holiday shopping last week, some area basketball teams were in the midst of holiday tournament competition. Here are players we identified as standouts in the tournaments.
The Rock Hill Bearcats, ranked No. 7 in the state, played host to the Y.C Winborn Classic and swept through the competition, knocking off Anson County (N.C.) in the final, 70-58. The Bearcats, 9-1, got strong play from guard Nate Motley, who scored 16 points in the championship game and was named the tournament MVP.
The A.C. Flora Falcons battled to a second-place finish in the Chick-fil-A Classic Bracket II, losing to Florida’s Deerfield Beach, 57-46. Falcons senior standout Matt Howard led all scorers in the game with 28 points and was selected to the all-tournament team. Other South Carolina players selected to the Classic all-tourney team were Spring Valley’s P.J. Dozier, Keenan’s’ Marcus Stroman and Hillcrest’s Tre Smith.
North Myrtle Beach knocked off Summerville 56-49 to capture the championship of the Shootout By the Sea. The Chiefs, ranked No. 8, were led by Josh Lindsey with 19 points in the championship game.
Georgetown lost to Bearden (Tenn. 51-43 in the Panther Classic finals this past weekend. St. James played for third place in that tournament, knocking off Oakbrook Prep 89-81.
South Carolina girls teams were shut out of the finals of the CresCom Classic in Myrtle Beach, as Arch Bishop Carroll (Pa.) beat King’s Fork (Va.) in the finals, 55-48. Dreher won the third-place game, knocking off Edgewater (Fla) 61-59.
St. James, Socastee, Spring Valley, and Myrtle Beach will compete in the Beach Ball Classic Tournament, which began Wednesday.