Determined to end their losing streak, Bradwell Institute’s varsity boys basketball team dug deep Saturday night, forcing overtime and securing a 75-74 win over the visiting Brunswick Pirates. It was an overdue victory for the boys, who had not seen a check in the win column since Nov. 20 when they defeated Long County.
"You always feel adequate when you win," Tiger coach Pete Woodard said. "Some wins you feel great about, and some wins you feel glad to get. And that was a win we were glad to get."
The Tigers trailed by 5 at the close of the first quarter and the Pirates added another 9 points to extend their lead in the second.
But the Tigers rallied and tied the game at 28 just before the half. The boys rallied again late in the fourth quarter to end the game tied at 66, forcing overtime.
The fans began to stand and cheer as the Tigers and Pirates ran the floor, trading buckets. In the end, an extra hit at the free-throw line put the Hinesville boys up.
Woodard said the victory will give his team the confidence it needs to face a string of region opponents. The Tigers played Beach last night, and will play Johnson at home Friday and host Camden on Saturday.
"We can really up the ante and move up in the region," he said. "Perhaps this win will give us the boost of confidence for these region games."
Lady Tigers 69,
Lady Pirates 36
After defeating Windsor Forest 58-33 last Friday and improving to 4-0 in Region 3-AAAAA, the pressure was off the Lady Tigers as they tipped-off in a non-region game against Brunswick on Saturday. Midway through the game, coach Faye Baker’s
girls had a 46-21 lead. Senior center Seandre Lee led in scoring, knocking in 25 points in the 69-36 victory. The bench also was able to log time on the court.
Baker said it was a great opportunity to work on reducing turnovers as the girls had far too many against the Lady Knights. Baker said working on her bench also helped prepare the squad for last night’s region battle against Beach, and Friday and Saturday matches against Johnson and Camden."I think, in spots, we are developing and anytime we can get them (the second and reserve units) on the floor, it’s going to be valuable," she said. "We are only going to be as strong as our weakest link so it’s very important to give them those valuable minutes on the floor."
Yesterday’s game against Beach High would determine the top girls team in the region. The Courier will bring you the results as they become available.
Lady Tigers 25 46 63-69
Lady Pirates 13 21 26-36
Lady Tiger top scorers:
Seandre Lee: 25
Kiara McNeely: 9
Camille Jackson: 8
Quintunya Chapman: 7
Mariah Maternik: 6