Bulldogs fall to Myrtle Beach in home finale
Marlboro County hosted its final home basketball game of the season Tuesday night, with the Bulldogs falling to Myrtle Beach in two games.
The story was familiar for the boys' team, who held a lead late in the third quarter but melted away in the final minutes. Myrtle Beach pulled away for a 50-43 win.
"That has been the story of this season. We played pretty well to a point, but then couldn't get a basket when we had to have one," said coach James Pate.
Iyon Williams scored under the basket and hit an ensuing foul shot to pull the Bulldogs into a 27-27 tie seconds before halftime.
The Seahawks pulled out to a narrow lead early in the third quarter before consecutive baskets by Rictavius McInnis re-tied the game at 35.
Senior Josh Woods, drained a jumper with 1:25 left in the third to give the Bulldogs a 37-35 lead but that would prove to be the high point for Marlboro.
The Seahawks hit back-to-back baskets to recapture the lead by the end of the quarter. The visitors pulled out to a five-point advantage that they were able to maintain throughout the fourth quarter as the Marlboro offense struggled.
The Bulldogs finished with only six points in the decisive fourth period.
Woods finished with 10 points in his last game on the Bulldogs' home court. McInnis also had 10, Javontae Dease 8, QuanDaveon McCollum 8, Williams 5 and Trey Patterson 2.
Last Friday, the Bulldogs got their initial region victory of the season, defeating St. James, 47-30.
Marlboro County trailed by one entering the fourth quarter but exploded for 23 points in the last eight minutes.
The late charge was led by center McCollum, who scored 11 of his game high 13 points in the last period. Dease was also in double figures with 10 points. Williams had 9, Woods 7 McInnis 6 and Jett Herndon 2.
The victory guarantees the Bulldogs fourth place in the region and a playoff spot.
Marlboro County will wrap the regular season tonight with a road trip to Florence to take on the undefeated Wilson Tigers.
The Bulldogs will face Region 5 champion A. C. Flora next Wednesday in Columbia.
The MCHS girls' team also finished their home schedule Tuesday night, but did so facing one of the top teams in the state.
The Lady Bulldogs put up a fight in the first half but Myrtle Beach pulled away after intermission for a 60-28 victory.
Shaniya Oliver led the Bulldogs with 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the game. Shakiera Bridges added 5, Halle Larkins 3 and Jaylah McCormick 3.
Friday night, the Bulldogs fell to St. James 52-30. After a tight first quarter, the Lady Sharks out-scored their guests 15-3 in the second to take control.
Bridges led the Bulldogs with 8 points. McCormick chipped in 7, Kennedy Ashwood 6, Oliver 4, Larkins 2, Ja'Layah Quick 1, Semajah Sweatman 1 and Taylor Britt 1.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-15, 0-7 in region) will complete their season Thursday night at Wilson.