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.
• SOCASTEE (48) – Erick Mortel 7, Zack O’Hanesian 3, Dante Moore 10, Adarius McCray 3, Will Caswell 17, Dylan Thompson 7, Dakota Morgan 4
• Records: Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 8-0, Socastee 1-3
High school boys basketball• (At) Conway 61, Georgetown 57 | Malcolm Green had a game-high 20 points (9-for-10 FG), Reggie Bonner had a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds), and the Tigers edged the Bulldogs.
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.
GEORGETOWN (57) – D. Gibson 3, S. Cuttino 9, E. Anderson 14, A.J. Walker 7, L. Chen 2, O. Doiley 3, C. McGirt 17.• CONWAY (61) – Jalen Hennigan 2, Juquail Crosland 2, Christian Jeffords 9, Malcolm Green 20, Kahmil Cooper 11, Reggie Bonner 14, Trevon Longs 3.
• Records: Georgetown N/A, Conway 1-1
• Johnsonville 64, (at) Aynor 56 | Hunter Windham scored 19 points but the Blue Jackets still fell short.
• Johnsonville (64) – Cately Anderson 12, Cordea Wilson 17, Evin Morris 2, Shawn Lawrence 2, Josh Franklin 13, Arkelious Williams 7, Dontre McFadden 2, Tushai Edwards 6, Shaquille Crouch 3.
• Aynor (56) – Ronique Smith 2, Graham Harrington 6, Brandon Young 6, Hunter Windham 19, Chris Brown 2, Ashton Culick 2, Zach Jennerrette 8, Christian Buie 11.
• Records: Aynor: 3-3
• North Myrtle Beach 75, (at) Carolina Forest 66 | Josh Lindsey’s 23 points lifted the Chiefs over the Panthers to keep North Myrtle Beach perfect.
• NMB (75) – Jalen Livingston 3, Josh Lindsey 23, Jaquan Griffin 16, Matt Lindsey 20, Jeff Vereen 2, Cameron Gore 11
• Carolina Forest (66) – Ryan Yurachezk 6, Isaac Wathen 4, Will Brunson 16, Xavier Jones 14, Chris Johnson 5, Donovan Williams 9, Jaquan Butler 12.
• Records: Carolina Forest: 1-1, North Myrtle Beach 3-0.
High school girls basketball• Georgetown 33, (at) Conway 27 | Miko Johnson scored 12 but it wasn’t enough to lift the Tigers past the Bulldogs.
• Conway (27) – Brianna Steele 7, Alia Austin 4, Shonda Green 4, Miko Johnson 12
• Georgetown (33) – N/A
Team fouls: Georgetown: 16, Conway: 18.• Records: Conway: 0-2
• (At) Andrews 65, Carvers Bay 48 | Britney McKnight scored 14 points as the Yellow Jackets rolled over the Bears.
Carvers Bay (48) – Jasmine Eaddy 14, Zaria Blain 11, Anastasia Bromell 10, LaQuasha Coles 6, Jody Walker 5, Jasmine Cobb 2.• Andrews (65) – Britney McKnight 14, Zanavia Deas 12, Latesja Deas 11, Tionna White 10, Shemeika McCray 8, Nyesha Fillmore 8, Tanaze Clark 3
• Records: Andrews 2-3
College football• After leading the Chanticleer football program to a Big South championship and the program’s first appearance in the second round of the FCS playoffs, Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia was named one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year Award.
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.• Longtime Coastal Carolina defensive coordinator Curtis Walker is returning to his coaching roots.
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.
Senior tennis• The men’s 70s 3.5-level senior tennis team from Myrtle Beach – led by captain Ken Chase – defeated New Orleans 2-1 over the weekend to help South Carolina dominate the USTA Southern Super Seniors Sectional Championships in Columbus, Ga.
The state had five winners and four runners-up, the best among the nine states represented.