After a low-scoring and sluggish first half, the Statesboro Blue Devils found their mark to dominate the Bradwell Institute Tigers 60-33 on Tuesday at the Joe Greene Classic at Johnson High School.
The Blue Devils earned their third straight victory by regrouping in the second half against Bradwell and hitting 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to extend the lead.
Patience and rebounding were key for Statesboro in the first half. The Blue Devils kept the ball moving, continued looking for the open man and were selective when taking shots. They also out rebounded the Tigers while forcing several missed passes, layups and one too many turnovers for the Tigers.
Despite an impressive display of ball handling by Tiger junior Jevante Richey, the Tiger offense was shut down by the Blue Devils, who led 24-9 at halftime.
"He has a lot of heart," Tiger coach Pete Woodard said of Richey. "He’s a great ball handler and he is a competitor. He is court savvy and he doesn’t mind going up in there. He is trying to be the point guard that I’ve asked him to be."
But as the game wore on, the Tigers’ lack of depth began to show.
"I think what happened in that second quarter is we had to start subbing because we had guys get into foul trouble or get tired," Woodard said. "And sometimes you bring a unit on the floor that doesn’t have the intensity or the same level of intensity of the guys they are replacing. And we had to do some subbing because the players were acknowledging they were tired."
The Blue Devils led 36-22 after hitting a trey shot with less than four minutes left in the third quarter and then hit the throttle in the fourth, outscoring BI 24-13 in the final period.
"We missed too many wide open looks, too many layups and gave up too many offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter," Woodard said.
Box scores and lead scorers were not available in time for press.