Posted On: 12/28/20 2:20 AM

The 40th Annual Beach Ball Classic sure does look different this year with several Palmetto State schools in the event. The Beach Ball Classic is held every year at the Myrtle Beach Beach Convention Center on the Grand Strand. Lets take a look at first day results before diving into some more action from the event. 

First Baptist  58  Cape Fear Academy (Wilmington, NC) 55 (2 Overtimes) 

The Beach Ball Classic started in prime fashion as two sets of Hurricanes came to blows to start the event. The First Baptist Hurricanes based out of Charleston improved to (6-1) with the win. Citadel bound football player Mikey Blandin led the way with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Colin McKenzie Colin McKenzie 6'5" | SF First Baptist | 2022 State SC and Dove Fishburne Dove Fishburne 5'5" | CG First Baptist | 2023 State SC both added 11 points in the win. 

Guard Gavin Guion Gavin Guion 6'2" | CG Cape Fear Academy | 2021 State NC led the way for the Hurricanes from Hoop State with 17 points and 5 assists. Jack McErlean added 15 points while Imran Armstrong added 13 points and 6 rebounds. 

Greensboro Day 66  Carolina Forest HS 57 

The Bengals defeated a feisty group from the Grand strand to move onto the Quarterfinals. Colin McKenzie Colin McKenzie 6'5" | SF First Baptist | 2022 State SC and Dove Fishburne Dove Fishburne 5'5" | CG First Baptist | 2023 State SC both added 11 points in the win.  Guard Gavin Guion Gavin Guion 6'2" | CG Cape Fear Academy | 2021 State NC led the way for the Hurricanes from Hoop State with 17 points and 5 assists. Jack McErlean added 15 points while Imran Armstrong added 13 points and 6 rebounds.  Greensboro Day 66  Carolina Forest HS 57  The Bengals defeated a feisty group from the Grand strand to move onto the Quarterfinals. Jaydon Young Jaydon Young 6'3" | CG Greensboro Day | 2023 State NC scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Michael Zanoni Michael Zanoni 6'5" | SG Greensboro Day | 2022 State NC added 13 points, Nikolas Graves Nikolas Graves 6'3" | PG Greensboro Day | 2022 State NC dropped in 12 points while Jackson Noble Jackson Noble 6'7" | PF Greensboro Day | 2022 State NC scored 11 points.  Wofford football signee Kyle Watkins Kyle Watkins 6'0" | PG Carolina Forest | 2021 State SC led the way for the Panthers with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Corbin Pack Corbin Pack 6'5" | SF Carolina Forest | 2021 State SC added 13 points while Jonah Nesmith Jonah Nesmith 6'4" | SF Carolina Forest | 2022 State SC chipped in 10 points for the Panthers.  Gray Collegiate 70  Cape Fear Christian (Erwin, NC) 57  The War Eagles came into the game a bit shorthanded here today for Head Coach Dion Bethea. Chase McDuffie Chase McDuffie 6'5" | SG Gray Collegiate | 2021 State SC a North Carolina A&T signee led the way with 24 points. Timothy Barnes Timothy Barnes 6'2" | CG Gray Collegiate | 2021 State SC is headed to UMKC next season added 14 points while Calvin Hall Calvin Hall 6'2" | SG Gray Collegiate | 2022 State SC scored 10 points. Point guard Trai White Trai White 5'11" | PG Gray Collegiate | 2023 State SC added 7 points and 6 assists. Super sophomore Brandon Gardner Brandon Gardner 6'7" | SF Gray Collegiate | 2023 State SC didn’t play in the game today. The War Eagles move to (8-2) on the year.  Cape Fear Christian was led in scoring by Tristin Harkins with 15 points while Amari Pearson Amari Pearson 6'3" | CG Cape Fear Christian Academy | 2022 State NC and Cinque Lemon Cinque Lemon 6'4" | SG Cape Fear Christian Academy | 2022 State NC both chipped in with 11 points a piece. Cape Fear Christian falls to (11-5) on the season.  Bishop McLaughlin (FL) 79  Cheraw HS 38   Bishop McLaughlin ran away from the beginning and never looked back versus the undermanned Braves. Dillon Mitchell Dillon Mitchell 6'7" | PF Bishop McLaughlin | 2022 State #217 Nation FL added a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the victory while Joshua Watkins Joshua Watkins 6'5" | SF Bishop McLaughlin | 2022 State FL added 18 points and 6 steals in the win.  The Class 3A Braves playing without the services of Marshall Myers Marshall Myers 5'11" | PG Cheraw | 2021 State SC were led in scoring by Jonathan Gordon Jonathan Gordon 6'3" | SF Cheraw | 2021 State SC with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Gillespie Devin Gillespie 6'3" | CG Cheraw | 2022 State SC was able to manage 7 points in the game as the Braves fall to (2-4) on the season.  Oak Ridge (FL) 59  North Myrtle Beach HS 50   Oak Ridge HS improved to (8-0) on the season with the victory over the local team Chiefs (1-2). North Myrtle Beach HS just playing in its 3rd game of the season as the football program made a run to the Class 4A State Championship Game this past season. Kymani Knox Kymani Knox 6'4" | PF North Myrtle Beach | 2021 State SC and Cameron Henley Cameron Henley 6'3" | SF North Myrtle Beach | 2021 State SC both scored 13 points for the Chiefs in the game. Knox added 7 rebounds in the tough loss.  Jalen Smith Jalen Smith 6'5" | PG Oak Ridge | 2021 State #230 Nation FL a SMU signee led the way for Oak Ridge HS with 16 points. Michael James Michael James 6'5" | SF Oak Ridge | 2021 State #113 Nation FL a Louisville commit added 12 points while Fabio Basili Fabio Basili 6'3" | CG Oak Ridge | 2022 State FL chipped in with 10 points. 

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