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 McKenzieColinMcKenzie6'5" | SFFirst Baptist | 2022StateSC and Dove FishburneDoveFishburne5'5" | CGFirst Baptist | 2023StateSC both added 11 points in the win. 

Guard Gavin GuionGavinGuion6'2" | CGCape Fear Academy | 2021StateNC 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 McKenzieColinMcKenzie6'5" | SFFirst Baptist | 2022StateSC and Dove FishburneDoveFishburne5'5" | CGFirst Baptist | 2023StateSC both added 11 points in the win.  Guard Gavin GuionGavinGuion6'2" | CGCape Fear Academy | 2021StateNC 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 YoungJaydonYoung6'3" | CGGreensboro Day | 2023StateNC scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Michael ZanoniMichaelZanoni6'5" | SGGreensboro Day | 2022StateNC added 13 points, Nikolas GravesNikolasGraves6'3" | PGGreensboro Day | 2022StateNC dropped in 12 points while Jackson NobleJacksonNoble6'7" | PFGreensboro Day | 2023NC scored 11 points.  Wofford football signee Kyle WatkinsKyleWatkins6'0" | PGCarolina Forest | 2021StateSC led the way for the Panthers with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Corbin PackCorbinPack6'4" | SFCarolina Forest | 2021StateSC added 13 points while Jonah NesmithJonahNesmith6'4" | PFCarolina Forest | 2022StateSC 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 McDuffieChaseMcDuffie6'5" | SGGray Collegiate | 2021StateSC a North Carolina A&T signee led the way with 24 points. Timothy BarnesTimothyBarnes6'2" | CGGray Collegiate | 2021StateSC is headed to UMKC next season added 14 points while Calvin HallCalvinHall6'2" | SGGray Collegiate | 2022StateSC scored 10 points. Point guard Trai WhiteTraiWhite5'11" | PGGray Collegiate | 2023StateSC added 7 points and 6 assists. Super sophomore Brandon GardnerBrandonGardner6'7" | SFGray Collegiate | 2023StateSC 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 PearsonAmariPearson6'2" | CGCape Fear Christian Academy | 2022StateNC and Cinque LemonCinqueLemon6'4" | SGCape Fear Christian Academy | 2022StateNC 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 MitchellDillonMitchell6'7" | PFBishop McLaughlin | 2022State#235NationFL added a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the victory while Joshua WatkinsJoshuaWatkins6'5" | SFBishop McLaughlin | 2022StateFL added 18 points and 6 steals in the win.  The Class 3A Braves playing without the services of Marshall MyersMarshallMyers5'11" | PGCheraw | 2021StateSC were led in scoring by Jonathan GordonJonathanGordon6'3" | SFCheraw | 2021StateSC with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Devin GillespieDevinGillespie6'3" | CGCheraw | 2022StateSC 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 KnoxKymaniKnox6'4" | PFNorth Myrtle Beach | 2021StateSC and Cameron HenleyCameronHenley6'3" | SFNorth Myrtle Beach | 2021StateSC both scored 13 points for the Chiefs in the game. Knox added 7 rebounds in the tough loss.  Jalen SmithJalenSmith6'5" | PGOak Ridge | 2021State#230NationFL a SMU signee led the way for Oak Ridge HS with 16 points. Michael JamesMichaelJames6'5" | SFOak Ridge | 2021State#113NationFL a Louisville commit added 12 points while Fabio BasiliFabioBasili6'3" | CGOak Ridge | 2022StateFL chipped in with 10 points. 

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