South Carolina Warriors

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South Carolina Warriors
South Carolina Warriors Logo Facebook.jpg
Founded 2011
League American Basketball Association
Team history South Carolina Warriors (2011-present)
Based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Arena Carolina Forest Recreation Center
Blue, Purple, Black, Gray
Owner(s) Leonard R. Watts and J. Marshall Biddle
Head coach John Kefalas
Championships 0
Division titles 1
Cheerleaders Warrior Girls
Dancers Lady Warriors Dance Team
Mascot Wags The Warrior Dog

The South Carolina Warriors were a Semi-professional basketball team based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and an expansion franchise team of the American Basketball Association in the Mid-Atlantic Conference which began play in the 2011-12 season.

Team history[edit]

In early August 2011, The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has added an expansion team in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, the South Carolina Warriors. The South Carolina Warriors would be owned by Indianapolis-based Platinum Entertainment Group LLC/Dymond Recodz (PEG) and would have its first home game at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.[1]

On November 24, 2011, the team announced that starting December 3, 2011, all of the team's home games would be played at the Little River Recreation Center.[2][3]

On February 25, 2012, The Warriors, which were owned and operated by Tony Bennett, who is based in Indiana, through two different companies, was sold to a couple local investors.[4]

In their inaugural season, The Warriors won every game in the regular season, then beat the Carolina Cheetahs in the playoffs, Lynchburg Legends in the Mid Atlantic Championship, Connecticut Topballers in the ABA Elite Eight, the North Dallas Vandals and Jacksonville Giants for a 29-0 record before losing 2-0 in a best-of-three series to the Jacksonville Giants in the ABA finals.[5][6][7]

On October 28, 2012, it was announced that the Warriors have new owners, local businessmen Leonard R. Watts and J. Marshall Biddle. John Kefalas was promoted from being an assistant to head coach after Chris Beard, the head coach for the inaugural season, left to pursue other coaching opportunities. Beard is now the head coach at Texas Tech University. Kefalas, a veteran, was an assistant at Coastal Carolina under Pete Strickland.[8]

2012-13 Season Schedule[edit]

* All home games are in bold and are played at the Carolina Forest Recreational Center.

  • All games dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
  • Currently ranked 2nd in American Basketball Association
  • Regular Season: 17 - 1 (Home: 16 - 0 | Away: 2 - 1)
  • Cancelled Games: 5 (By other teams due to technicalities)
  • In the results column the first score listed is the Warriors

Season by Season Record[edit]

Season Total Games Wins Loses Results
2011-12 31 29 2 Lost to Jacksonville Giants in finals, 100-91
2012-13 19 17 1 Season currently in progress / 5 games cancelled due to technicalities/ 1 game no score available.

Head coaches[edit]

Years Coach Name Record
2011-2012 Chris Beard 29-2
2012-2013 John Kefalas 17-1

2012-13 Roster and Former Players[edit]

Awards Received[edit]

Year Award Name Head Coach
2012 Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions John Kefalas [9]
2012 National Division Champions John Kefalas [9]


  1. ^ Reports, Staff. "Basketball bounces into Myrtle Beach". The Digital Myrtle Beach. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Massey, Terry. "Spin Move: Warriors take home games to Little River". Grand Strand Sports Report. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Dohmen, Rocky. "South Carolina Warriors move to new home". The Digital Myrtle Beach. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Grim, Casey. "South Carolina Warriors sold to local investors". The Digitel Myrtle Beach. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "South Carolina Warriors: 2011-12 Results". South Carolina Warriors. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Wetzel, David (10 April 2012). "South Carolina Warriors clinch spot in ABA finals". The Sun News. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "S.C. Warriors take second place in ABA finals (Update: Coach and some players will not return)". The Digital Myrtle Beach. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  8. ^ McKinnon, Max (27 October 2012). "South Carolina Warriors return for second season with new look". The Sun News. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "South Carolina Warriors: Info Page". South Carolina Warriors. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

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