Beach Ball Classic Roundup | Myrtle Beach drops game to Franklin (Ohio); Orem (Ut.) edges Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.)

mmckinnon@thesunnews.com, jbell@thesunnews.comDecember 28, 2012 

— The Seahawks’ wings were clipped Friday, as they came up short against Franklin (OH) in the Beach Ball Classic, one day after a humbling loss to Whitney Young (Ill.).

The progress was there, the points just weren’t.

“[We played] much better,” Myrtle Beach coach Craig Martin said. “We were a little better matched up. We played with better intensity and better teamwork. That’s more of a team we’re going to see when we get to the playoffs around here opposed to Whitney Young; we’re not going to see another team like them. But I think we stepped up and played a lot better.”

The Seahawks’ Soloman Cooper shot 10-of-14 with 27 points to lead Myrtle Beach.

“Soloman did a great job in the first half,” Martin said. “He didn’t force shots, let the game come to him, took good shots and got in good rhythm. … He can do that, I’ve seen him do it in practice and games he just has to let the game come to him. He did a good job today letting the game come to him.”

The contest wasn’t a blowout by any means. Both teams remained evenly strong throughout at both ends throughout the game.

“I thought [Franklin] was very well-coached,” Martin said. “[Luke Kennard] is a very good player. We pushed as hard as we could. A turnover here, a made shot there and we could have been talking about a different story.”

Kennard had game highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds.

Myrtle Beach will look to break through into the win column at noon Monday, when it faces Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.).

•  FRANKLIN (67) – Travis Lankins 14, Luke Kennard 33, Evan Crowe 5, Jeff Pierce 8, Kraig Hill 7

•  MYRTLE BEACH (61) – Nolin Butler 7, Mason Lewis 2, Tyrone Cooper 6, Coleman Martini 6, Tyshame Lewis 11, Wayne Vereen 2, Soloman Cooper 27.

•  Halftime: Franklin 33-29. 3-point goals: Franklin 4 (Kennard, Crowe, Hill, Lakins); Myrtle Beach 8 (Butler, T. Lewis 3, S. Cooper 4). Team fouls: Franklin 6, Myrtle Beach 19. Fouled out: Lewis. Technical fouls: None.

•  Records: Franklin 6-1, Myrtle Beach 6-5.

Consolation bracket

•  Orem (Ut.) 68, Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tenn.) 59 | Zach Hunsaker had a game-high 16 points to lead four Orem players in double-figure scoring as the Tigers got past Christ Presbyterian Academy in a consolation bracket game.

Coming out with a 26-24 halftime lead, Orem was getting its shots to fall as it was 14-for-25 (56 percent) from the field in the second half. The Tigers outrebounded the Lions 40-32 and outscored them 36-26 inside the paint during the contest.

Cooper Holt and Dalton Nixon had 15 points apiece, and Jordan Darger contributed with 13 for Orem.

Braxton Bonds’ team-high 15 points paced Christ Presbyterian, and Jalen Lindsey added 14 points and nine rebounds.

•  CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN (59) – Braxton Bonds 15, Braxton Blackwell 7, Paul Adams 3, Jalen Lindsey 14, Jake Allsmiller 2, Andrew Manuel 4, Thomas Richard 8, Micah Davis 2, Parker Howell 4.

•  OREM (68) – Zach Hunsaker 16, Quinn Peters 1, Jordan Darger 13, Cooper Holt 15, Dalton Nixon 15, Nolan Gray 4, Koel Cutler 4.

•  Halftime: Orem 26-24. 3-point goals: Christ Presbyterian 2 (Bonds, Manuel); Orem 4 (Hunsaker 2, Holt 2). Team fouls: Christ Presbyterian 23, Orem 24. Fouled out: Christ Presbyterian 1 (Richard), Orem 1 (Peters). Technical fouls: None.

•  Records: Christ Presbyterian 11-2, Orem 5-2.

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