The Long County High School boy’s basketball team’s dream of a state championship ended abruptly Wednesday with a 55-73 loss to Dublin High School.
Led by a Jimmy Bacon slam dunk early, the Blue Tide jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter. But Dublin took a 24-14 lead in the second period.
In the second quarter, Dublin outscored Long County 19-14 to go in at the half on top, 43-28.
In the second half, Dublin coach Marvin Latham slowed his team’s pace down, but even with the slower pace the home team outscored the Blue Tide 30-27. Dublin won, 73-55.
Four Dublin players put up double digit points. Sherrard Brantley scored 11, Tawaski King and Chris Smith put up 15 each and Rashad Smith scored 20 points.
For the Tide, Norman Thompson and Justin Boyd each had 7 points, Ricky Rivera added 12 and Bacon led all scorers with 25 points.
Dublin now moves into the Elite Eight round of the state tournament to face Central Macon High School.
The Blue Tide finished the year with a 21-7 record.
This year, the Blue Tide will say goodbye to Eli Guest, Rivera and Bacon, who are graduating. However, head coach Deshon Brock will have eight seniors returning next year, led by Donte Brown, Thompson and Boyd.