The Saints have done it again.
And this time their prey was even bigger.
The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team outscored Socastee 20-4 in the fourth quarter en route to a 51-48 overtime victory Tuesday night.
Socastee is the third public school the Saints have beaten in recent seasons and the first in Class AAA. Christian Academy has beaten Carvers Bay once and Green Sea Floyds twice.
“To beat Socastee, a huge AAA program is a huge stepping stone for our program,” Saints coach Darren Gore said. “We’ve got a great group of kids and they played a great game. We didn’t play the best 48 minutes, but we played a solid final 12 minutes. That’s what you’ve got to do: play the whole game.”
Christian Academy fell into a big hole early, with the Braves getting out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter thanks in large part to a trio of 3-pointers by Will Caswell. The Braves built the lead up to 16 by halftime and led by the same after three quarters.
With the zone not working, Gore said his team switched to full-court man-to-man defense, which seemed to be a spark.
And then there were the big plays from Bernard Jones and Kendall Henry, who played through “sinus flu,” Gore said.
Henry managed just eight points, but provided 16 rebounds, seven steals and a key 3 that helped fuel the fourth-quarter rally.
“[Henry] had to run back to the locker room at times to get himself together,” Gore said. “He gave it everything he had. Those rebounds and steals were big.”
Jones, meanwhile, a freshman transfer from Mullins, saved some of his best for last. He continually got to the free-throw line on drives all game, including some in the fourth quarter and overtime. He finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five steals.
“He’s got a lot of upside,” Gore said. “He’s a really good penetrator, decent shooter. He’s a great penetrator who likes to get to the basket and get fouled.”
Overall, it was another signature win for the Saints, who look like a contender for another SCISA Class A state championship.
“I told the guys, this is one of our deepest teams,” Gore said. “Most of the kids are juniors and seniors. We’ve got a lot of experience and depth. … We played some AA and AAA SCISA schools early and won pretty handily. So this was a big test for us.”
So far, so good.
High school boys basketball(At) Conway 61, Georgetown 57
Trailing by seven at halftime, Conway came out hard in the third quarter by outscoring Georgetown 21-13, and coasted to the win by hitting clutch free throws down the stretch.
Christian Jeffords was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the last 1:30 of the fourth quarter, and Juquail Crosland was 2-for-2 in the final minutes for the Tigers.CONWAY (61)
High school girls basketballGeorgetown 33, (at) Conway 27 Conway (27) Georgetown (33)
Team fouls: Georgetown: 16, Conway: 18.(At) Andrews 65, Carvers Bay 48 Andrews (65)
Moglia is joined by Montana State’s Rob Ash, Sam Houston State’s Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken and Richmond’s Danny Rocco.
If Moglia were to receive the prestigious honor to be presented Jan. 7 prior to the BCS Championship game, $50,000 will be donated on behalf of Liberty Mutual to support the charities of his choice and a $20,000 grant will be given to the Coastal Carolina Alumni Association for academic scholarships.
Walker, who followed David Bennett from Catawba College to Coastal when the Chanticleers launched their football program in 2002, was introduced Tuesday as Catawba’s new head coach.
He was a four-year starter and three-time All-American linebacker at the Division II school from 1989-92 and was inducted into the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2008. He later joined Bennett’s staff there and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001 when the Indians ranked first in Division II in scoring defense.
After Bennett and most of his Coastal staff were let go last offseason, Walker went to Western Carolina where he spent one season as the Catamounts’ defensive coordinator.
At Catawba, he replaces Chip Hester, who resigned as head coach last month after 11 seasons.
The state had five winners and four runners-up, the best among the nine states represented.