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Posted On: 12/27/17 9:13 PM
The 36th annual Beach Ball Classic is underway at The Myrtle Beach Convention Center this week, and PrepHoopNC’s Justin Byerly was there to take in the action.
Lanett High School got the win over Fairfield High School 72-70 in the first game on Wednesday behind 21 points from 6-foot-4 sophomore Kristian Story. Story is a big-time college football recruit and has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Louisville among others. Also leading Lanett in the scoring column was Anquavius Pollard, a 6-foot-7 forward in the 2018 class. Pollard scored 19 points on 8-17 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. He has offers from Florida Gulf Coast, New Mexico State, Clark (Atlanta) and North Alabama. Fairfield High School was led by 6-foot-3 senior guard Luke Thomas with 21 points.
Socastee High School with the win over Zion Williamson-less Spartanburg Day in the second-to-last game of the night at The Beach Ball Classic. 6-foot-8 big man Andrew Gardner led the way for The Braves with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
He has committed and signed to play at Lees-McRae College. Also leading Socastee in the scoring column was 6-foot-1 junior guard Jay Williams with 19 points on 8-13 shooting. Spartanburg Day was led by Matthew Brown with 21 points, Kyle Tracy with 17 points and athletic Chandler Lindsey with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Zion Williamson, ranked by most recruiting services as the #2 prospect in the country did not play and is expected to be out until January with a foot injury. The Beach Ball Classic however did have Zion sign autographs and take pictures with fans after the game. (Left picture)
Imhotep Charter High School with the win over the always talented Bishop Gorman High School team 53-49 on Wednesday. Imhotep was led by 6-foot-6 junior forward Chareef Knox with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Knox’s 6-foot-6 counterpart, Jamil Riggins scored 14 points in the win. Bishop Gorman was led by The University of Washington signee Jamal Bey with 13 points and 7 rebounds. 6-foot-3 guard Noah Taitz chipped in 12 points in the loss.