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Blue Tide advance to region finals for third contest with MCA
No. 24 Prince Moody and No. 23 Robert Gamble fight for the ball against Savannah Christian. The Tide beat the Red Raiders 58-56 to advance to the 2-AA Region Finals. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
The Long County boys basketball team advanced to the finals of the Region 2-AA Tournament this past week, with wins over the Brantley County Herons and the Savannah Christian Red Raiders.
On Tuesday, Long County took on Brantley and got an easy 65-35 win.
The Herons had been swept by Long during the regular season, and were intent on showing they were a better team in the post season than during the regular season.
Brantley fought hard early and were only down 13-15 early into the second period.  But in that same quarter the Blue Tide started flowing and went on a 15-0 run, taking a 36-19 score into the locker room at the break.
In the second half the Long boys continued to set the pace, and out scored their opponents, 29 to 16 to pick up the lopsided win, 65-35.
The Ludowici team was led in scoring by Robert Gamble and Jimmy Bacon, who each had 15 points.  Also scoring in double figures was Ricky Rivera, who added 12. Prince Moody put in only 2 points, but had 10 assists.
On Friday night, the boys took on nemesis Savannah Christian, and had a battle, squeaking out a win 58-56.  In that game, Bacon had 9 points, Lazaruss Baggs had 11 points, and Moody added 13 with 10 assists. Leading all shooters for the Blue Tide was Justin Boyd who put up 14 points.
The Long County team now has an overall record of 20-6, and is currently ranked number seven in the state by the GACA Coaches Poll.
The next team the Tide had to face, in the 2-AA Region Finals, was the Appling County, who gave the Long team two of their losses, during the season, by identical scores of 69-67.  The Pirates have a record of 24-1, and are ranked number two in the state.
That game was Saturday, but results were not available in time for this story.  A full story will be in the Wednesday’s Courier.
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