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Myrtle Beach boys win Lower State basketball title in AAAA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – Once the Myrtle Beach boys basketball team got healthy, the Seahawks were tough to beat down the stretch of the 2019-20 season.

After a second-place finish in region 6-AAAA behind Marlboro County, Myrtle Beach reeled off four straight wins in the Class AAAA Lower State playoffs. The Seahawks beat Midland Valley, Colleton County, rival North Myrtle Beach, and A.C. Flora in the Lower State championship game.

Reaching the state finals, Myrtle Beach faced two-time defending state champion Ridge View. The Seahawks went toe-to-toe with the champs, holding a halftime lead. A decisive 11-0 run late in the second-half pushed Ridge View to the 69-59 win.

“Hats off to Ridge View, they played like champions and like they had been here before, but I’m very proud of the kids,” coach Craig Martin said. “They fought hard to get here and showed they belonged. We came here to win the game an we came out with fire and passion and played hard from the start. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce our way.”

Myrtle Beach’s season ended with a 20-9 record overall.

Senior point guard Emorie Knox was selected to play for team South Carolina in the Carolinas Classic all-star game against North Carolina. Knox also was a Class AAAA all-state selection by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. He averaged better than 20 points per game and finished his four-year varsity starting career with more than 1,600 points. Knox will play collegiately at Charleston Southern University.

Knox scored 16 points in the championship game. Junior J.J. Jones added 14 points and junior Ayden Hickman scored 10 in the finals. Hickman averaged about 16 points per game for the season. He and Jones, along with juniors Darius Hough and Qualeek Burgess will be a formidable foursome next season.

In addition to Knox, another key senior loss is James Marcus, one of the team’s top defenders.

The Myrtle Beach girls team also made the Lower State AAAA playoffs after a third-place finish in the region.

Myrtle Beach opened the postseason with a 34-31 win at Colleton County. The second-round opponent, defending state champion North Augusta, ended Myrtle Beach’s season on their way to a three-peat as state champion.

 Next up is spring sports and Myrtle Beach is sure to have plenty of playoff exposure this spring.

 

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