Posted On: 11/27/18 10:51 PM
The Myrtle Beach Seahawks start the season over at the Brave Wave and Socastee HS. These two Horry County rivals really don’t care for one another at all. The atmosphere was like a playoff game. The Seahawks jumped out to a 11-0 lead to start the game before the Braves could cut the lead to 18-14 after the 1st quarter.
The Seahawks maintained a 37-31 halftime lead over the home Braves. The Braves finally went ahead in the 3rd quarter 41-39 when Jonathan Wright scored 5 straight points for the Braves. The Myrtle Beach Seahawks trailing 53-50 with 41.1 seconds left in the 3rd quarter went on a 25-4 to finish out the game and win 75-57.
The Seahawks were led in scoring by Darius Hough with 19 points. Hough scored 16 points in the 2nd half. Emorie Knox added 14 points, Ayden Hickman 13 points and James Marques 11 points. The Seahawks move to (1-0) on the season.
Kassius “Jay” Williams led the Braves with 18 points, Jonathan Wright 9 points, Payton Lewis and James “JJ” Jones both added 8 points. The Braves fall to (2-2) on the season.
MVP : Ayden Hickman (2021) – Myrtle Beach HS (pictured on front)
Hickman came up big in the victory with some timely shots for the Seahawks. Hickman showed great body control and finishing in transition. Hickman connected on some perimeter jumpers that keyed the Seahawks run.
Best Offensive Performance :- Darius Hough (2020) – Myrtle Beach HS
Hough scored 16 points in the 2nd half to clinch the victory for the Seahawks. Hough played last season at Gray Collegiate before coming to Myrtle Beach HS back in March. Hough (2020) keyed the 2nd half win some big free throws to seal the win on the road.
Best Defensive Performance : Emorie Knox (2020) – Myrtle Beach HS
Knox is a absolute pest on the defensive end with his quick hands. Knox pestered the guard play all night long for the Braves.
Best Player off the Bench : Kassius “Jay” Williams (2019) – Socastee HS
Williams usually a starter came off the bench to score 16 points in the 1st half for the Braves. Williams really tried to attack the basket as much as possible tonight.
Best Under the Radar Guy : James Marques (2020) – Myrtle Beach HS
Marques playing in his first varsity basketball game hit a few clutch shots and is always around the ball on the defensive end. Marques motor never seems to stop
Best High Energy Guy : James “JJ” Jones (2021) – Socastee HS
Jones brings CONSTANT ENERGY when on the floor for the Braves. Jones will rebound on both ends and works inside the paint. Jones plays so much bigger than his size. Jones got hurt at the 7:05 mark of the 4th quarter when the Braves were down 58-53.
Late Bloomer : Marcus Moore (2019) – Socastee HS
Moore 6’8 is still a work in progress for the Braves. Moore keeps the ball up high and rebounds the ball. Moore needs to battle through contact and finishing better around the cup. Moore has only played a few years of basketball.
New Homes : Alvin Green, Payton Lewis and Jevon Griffin – Socastee HS
Green returned to his old stomping grounds after coaching at North Myrtle Beach HS the past few years. Green is now a assistant coach on Derrick Hilton’s staff. Lewis and Griffin both transferred into the Braves this off season from St James HS and North Myrtle Beach HS.
Best Backcourt : The Seahawks got the edge this evening
Emorie Knox might be one of the quickest guards in the Palmetto State that college programs still might not know about. Knox played this past summer on Upward Stars Southeast 2020. Ayden Hickman will be a household in due time for the Seahawks James Marques might not pass the eye test but he sure knows how to play the game and lacks no effort at all.
Setting Tonight : The Brave Wave at Socastee HS
The crowd was sure into the game from beginning to end all night long. The atmosphere felt like a city championship or a playoff game. The Brave Wave is the home to former Socastee HS player and current Clemson Tiger Wide Receiver Hunter Renfrow.