The Tide hung 10 as the wave of victory allowed the boys and Lady Tide back-to-back victories against region foes Charlton County on Friday and Brantley County on Saturday.
Friday, the girls downed the Lady Indians 54-47 and then knock down the undefeated Lady Heron 63-56 Saturday at home.
The boys had an easy, 76-41 victory Friday night and another lopsided win, 72-37, Saturday against the Herons.
It’s the boys’ third region win in a row.
In Friday’s game against the Indians two Tide players pulled double-doubles. Jimmy Bacon chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Eli Guest scored 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Justin Boyd had the best all around night with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Norman Thompson, Donte Brown and Ricky Rivera each added 8 points.
Early on Saturday it was painfully clear Brantley County was overmatched. They trailed 18-42 at the half.
At the end of three, the Tide was up by 32 points, 63-31, and when the final buzzer sounded, the Long County team had put up their most lopsided win of the year.
In the game, Rivera and Guest each had 13 points, while the leading shooter was Jimmy Bacon who had 19.
"I give our team a nine tonight, we have had two great back-to-back performances, where we played some great basketball," head coach Deshon Brock said.
"Tonight we had a great offensive performance, and we are beginning to close out games, on defense. I’m pleased with our overall team effort, on both offense and defense".
The win improved the Tide’s record to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the 2-AA Region. The Blue Tide boys took on McIntosh County last night in Darien, but the score for that game wasn’t available in time for this story.
On Friday, the Appling County Pirates come to town with an impressive 10-2 overall mark and a 3-2 region record. They are averaging 64 points a night, compared to the Tide putting up 70. And the Pirates are giving up 54 points, compared to the Blue giving up 62 points.
Friday’s game will be in Ludowici starting at 7:30 p.m.
In the boys junior varsity game, Brantley County won 40-37 in overtime. The leading scorers for the JV boys were Chris Buckner and Robert Goslee, who each had 9 points.
Led by Brittany Mills’ 14 points, the Blue Tide girls defeated the Lady Indians of Charlton County on Friday. It was the second win in a row for the Long County team and set up the showdown against the undefeated Brantley County Lady Herons (11-0 and 5-0 in the 2-AA Region) on Saturday night.
Long County girls head coach Ryan Bailey said he received a big present after Saturday’s 63-56 victory.
"Today was my birthday, and no present could be better than this," he said.
The Tide was down at the half by three, 23-26, but in the second half the Long County team played more aggressively.
"I told them to push harder, and to take the ball to the rim. This brought some fouls, and we were able to take the game," Bailey said.
"This win shows that we can play with anyone in our region. They are one of the best teams we will play in the region and all of the tough early games against the bigger schools helped us tonight".
In the game, Caela LaRochester had 12 points, India Gamble had 15 and Brittany Mills led all scorers with 19 points.
Bailey also was pleased with one player who came off the bench.
"I’m really pleased with Miranda McDowel coming off the bench. She had four big free throws at the end of the game to seal the game for us," the coach said.
The win put the Lady Tide’s overall record at 5-6, and their Region 2-AA record at 4-1, which is a half game behind Brantley County (11-1) at 5-1 in the region.
The girls played McIntosh County (4-9) last night in Darien, but the results for that story were not available in time for printing.
On Friday, Appling County comes to Ludowici to take on the Lady Tide, and the Lady Pirates bring a 4-8 overall record and a 2-3 region record. The red and black come into the game averaging 38 points a game while giving up 42. The Long County girls are putting up 55 points in each contest, while giving up 47 a night.
That game is at 6 p.m. at the Long County High School.
In the girl’s junior varsity game Brantley County won 47-25. The leading scorer for the JV-Lady Tide was Caela Mills who put up 10 points.
The Blue Tide Basketball Booster Club needs volunteers to help run the concession stand at the home games. For more information, call Joey Harrison at 545-3104 or e-mail Kelly Clary at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammie Stevens at email@example.com.