PAWLEYS ISLAND The St. James boys basketball team edged out Waccamaw in a nail-biter Friday night, escaping with the 58-51 win to stay undefeated early in the season.
“We withstood some very hard play from Waccamaw tonight,” Sharks coach Monty Carr said. “Playing in their gym, it was tough but we came out with the win and we’re just happy.”
St. James was down by two at halftime, and with a big third quarter the Sharks were able to rally and take the lead for the rest of the game.
TreDarius McCallum scored 16 points for the Sharks, and Nehemiah Stafford added 12.
Rob Ferrall (17) and Noah Gullie (11) scored in double figures for the Warriors.
• 3-point goals: St. James 4 (McCallum, Stafford, Jackson, Strange); Waccamaw 3 (Williams, Ferral, Funye). Team fouls: St. James: 24, Waccamaw: 22. Fouled out: Hurston, Williams, Fisher.
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• 3-point goals: Creek Bridge 2 (Rodgers 2); Aynor 4 (Harrington 1, Young 3). Team fouls: Creek Bridge 10, Aynor 16. Technical fouls: Creek Bridge 1.
• 3-point goals: Christian Academy 10 (Guyton 3, Jones, Gore 2, Henry, Lang, Doria 2); Pee Dee Academy 2 (Centers, Rowe). Team fouls: Christian Academy: 10, Pee Dee Academy: 7.
Da’Shaun Aiken led the way for the Bears with 23 points.
• 3-point goals: Carvers Bay 4 (Linnen, Aiken 2, Carter ). Team fouls: Carvers Bay: 16, Georgetown 15.
• 3-point goals: Mullins 2 (Alex Brown, Cameron Graham); Myrtle Beach 4 (Nolan Butler Tyrone Cooper Solomon Cooper Rivers Singleton). Team fouls: Mullins: 17, Myrtle Beach: 18. Fouled out: Martini.
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The Lions’ LaReba Jackson (13) and Jazmin Bellamy (10) each scored in double digits.
• 3-point goals: Loris 1 (Jackson); North Myrtle Beach 1 (Allman). Team fouls: Loris: 14, North Myrtle Beach: 13.
Waccamaw’s Jaynae Rice had 13 points in the loss.
• 3-point goals: St. James 2 (Hotzelt 2); Waccamaw 1 (Tyler). Team fouls: St. James: 14, Waccamaw: 17.
• 3-point goals: Creek Bridge 1 (Graves). Team fouls: Creek Bridge 17, Aynor 9. Fouled out: Lakin. Technical fouls: Lakin.
The South Carolina Warriors played a foe that had to travel across the globe to play at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.
It might have helped the Warriors as they came away with an 158-87 win over the Japan GymRatz.
Coach John Kefalas got a lot of production from his bench in the win and was very excited about the outcome.
“It was great,” Kefalas said. “It made our depth better because we had eight or nine guys involved. As a coach, it makes you really happy because your getting guys involved.”
Matt Kendrick led all scorers with 19 points while coming off the bench and also added 14 rebounds. Georgetown native, Brendon Knox, had a double-double of his own off the bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Pat Lewis (17), LeSean Watson (18) and Mike Vogler (14) all added double digit scoring off the bench.
Starters Marquies Gainous had 18 points and Kellen Brant added 16 points for the Warriors. Although Kefalas gained more depth on Friday, he still is concerned with his defense.
“We still need work on guarding the 3-point area,” he said, “but we are getting better.”