Myrtle Beach, SC – December 30, 2023: The Lexington Tigers emerged victorious against the North Crowley Panthers in a closely contested basketball game to determine 3rd place in the Traditional Tournament bracket of the Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The final score stood at 74-69, marking a significant win for Lexington.
The game gave the crowd fluctuating leads and intense competition, with both teams showcasing their prowess. Lexington, with a record of 11-2, faced North Crowley, boasting an impressive 17-2 record. The game was a showdown between two of the nation’s top high school teams.
Kaleb Evans of Lexington was the standout player, scoring 23 points, including crucial baskets in the final quarter. His performance was pivotal in Lexington’s victory, as he demonstrated excellent shooting efficiency and defensive prowess.
North Crowley’s Isaak Hayes countered with an impressive 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win for his team. Justin McCray also made a notable contribution for North Crowley, grabbing 16 rebounds and scoring 7 points.
The game was a rollercoaster of emotions, with lead changes and ties keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Lexington led for 5:10, while North Crowley held the lead for 24:55. The game was tied for 1:55, further emphasizing the evenly matched nature of the contest.
Lexington excelled in the paint, scoring 36 points compared to North Crowley’s 38. Both teams were aggressive off turnovers, with Lexington scoring 16 points off turnovers and North Crowley 18.
The match was not only a test of skill but also of endurance, with both teams fighting fiercely until the final buzzer. Lexington’s bench contributed significantly, adding 20 points to the team’s total.
The game was well-officiated by Chris Martin, Josh Washington, and Dan Paugh, ensuring a fair and competitive environment for both teams.
In conclusion, Lexington’s win against North Crowley was a testament to their determination and skill. It was a game that will be remembered for its high level of competition and sportsmanship.