Myrtle Beach, SC – December 30, 2023 – Huntington Prep (WV) showcased their basketball prowess by securing a commanding 62-46 win over The Wilson Academy (GA) in the 2023 Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This victory improved Huntington’s record to 8-5, while The Wilson Academy fell to 11-5.
Khalil Green emerged as a key player for Huntington Prep, leading his team with 16 points. His dynamic performance on the court was complemented by Braydon Hawthorne’s double-double, consisting of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Micah Tucker also contributed significantly with 11 points, adding to Huntington’s solid offense.
The Wilson Academy struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm against Huntington’s robust defense. Terryon Stebbins, with 14 points, was the top scorer for The Wilson Academy. However, the team’s overall shooting at 36.7% from the field and 35% from the three-point line was not enough to challenge Huntington’s defense.
Huntington Prep’s offensive strategy was evident from the beginning, with a strong first-quarter performance leading to a 16-10 advantage. They maintained their lead throughout the game, with a notable 25-point surge in the fourth quarter sealing their victory.
The game was marked by Huntington’s effectiveness in the paint, where they outscored The Wilson Academy 34-18. Huntington also capitalized on second-chance points and fast breaks, underscoring their dominance in both offensive and defensive rebounds.
The Wilson Academy’s efforts to bridge the gap were hindered by their turnovers, which Huntington converted into crucial points. Huntington Prep led for a significant 29:18 minutes, demonstrating their control over the game.
Officials Jared Torrence, Mike Hirschman, and Joe Razzano officiated the game, which began at 10:15 a.m. The match was a part of the 2023 Beach Ball Classic Prep Bracket and was a decisive game for the 5th place in the tournament.
Huntington Prep’s victory marks a significant moment in their season, highlighting their team’s potential and tactical prowess. On the other hand, The Wilson Academy will look to bounce back and address their shortcomings in upcoming games.
[Source: Official Box Score, The Wilson Academy (GA) vs Huntington Prep (WV)]