LORIS Mike Quinn and the Warriors were just happy for a second chance.
And so far, they’ve made the most of it.
The Waccamaw boys basketball team defeated Aynor 49-44 on Friday night at Loris High to advance to a postseason play-in game against the Lions on Saturday.
The Warriors, who had dropped their final six Region VIII-AAA games down the stretch, have a chance to earn the region’s final playoff spot with a win over Loris after ending in a three-way tie for fourth place. Loris earned a bye via coin toss, whereas Waccamaw had to win the first extra game against Aynor in order to set up the matchup, which is slated for 4 p.m. at Aynor High.
“I just basically told them it’s a new season,” Warriors coach Mike Quinn said he told his players. “Just the fact that we had a second chance … in life when you get a second chance you need to make the best of it.”
So far so good.
Waccamaw ramped up the defense down the stretch against Aynor to pull out a close win.
“We just started playing really good defense. Guys really stepped up and we had a lot of key steals that turned into fast-break opportunities,” Quinn said. “Once we did that, we could get out and run a little bit and that got us going.”
Noah Gulley had 12 points and Adonis Williams had 11 to pace the Warriors, who will play their fourth game in six days Saturday.
“They responded well [to the circumstances],” Quinn said. “We just look at it as a great opportunity to make the best of our second chance.”
• AYNOR (44) – G. Harrington 4, B. Young 3, H. Chestnut 2, Hunter Windham 10, R. Smith 2, C. Brown 8, A. Culick 2, Z. Jenerette 2, C. Buie 11
• WACCAMAW (49) – A. Williams 11, R. Ferraro 5, J. Smalls 5, J. Dwyer 8, N. Gulley 12, S. Funnye 6
• ATLANTA Kory Hayden hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run sixth inning as the Coastal Carolina softball team opened the season with a 10-6 come-from-behind win over Missouri State on Friday in the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational.
Hayden’s homer came with two outs in the inning to break a 6-all tie.
Jessie Winans hit a three-run home run in the second inning as Coastal got out to a 4-0 lead. She also had an RBI in the sixth.
The Chants dropped the nightcap 1-0 to Kennesaw State in eight innings. The Owls pushed across the lone run on a sacrifice fly by Carly Van Auken to help a 10-strikeout, complete-game effort stand up for starter Amanda Henderson.
CCU men’s tennis
• (At) Coastal Carolina 4, South Carolina-Upstate 3 | Leo Christofides (No. 3), Garik Yedigarian (4) and Matias Di Pasquale (5) each won singles matches to help the Chants edge the Spartans.
Myrtle Beach Speedway• Myrtle Beach Speedway regulars Anthony Anders of Easley, Jack Engle of Conway and 14-year-old Tyler Howell will compete in the University of Northern Ohio’s “Battle at the Beach” on Feb. 18-19 as part of Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks.
It will be the debut of 0.4-mile short-track oval as drivers from throughout North America race for bragging rights.
The event will feature three non-points special events: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours, and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Soccer• The Myrtle Beach FC Mutiny on Friday announced its coaching staff for the 2013 season.
The second-year National Premier Soccer League team will be led by co-head coaches Joel Banta and Ross Morgan. Pat Piscitelli is returning as goalkeeper coach.
Banta is the Director of Coaching at Coast FA, Morgan is a veteran coach of 15 years, mostly in his native United Kingdom, and Piscitelli is the only returning member from the 2012 staff and is a former professional goalkeeper with the South Carolina Shamrock.
Junior golf• MYRTLE BEACH The National Junior Golf Tour is staging the Winter Blast at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club on Saturday and Sunday. The event is one of five NJGT College Prep Series events in the Carolinas in the first five months of the year. Tee times begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.
Among the 39 boys registered to compete are Galivants Ferry residents Johnson Holliday and Chase Johnson, and Myrtle Beach residents Cole Swezey, John Gooden and Michael Leftis. Jamie Karl and Cameron Crutchfield of Myrtle Beach are among six girls entered.