The Long County High School boys’ basketball team continued to struggle on Saturday, falling to Appling County, 72-55, in Ludowici.
With the nonregion loss Long County fell to 1-5 overall and remained 0-2 in the region.
In the first half Saturday, the Blue Tide trailed only 38-30 at halftime. But in the third period, the Pirates outscored the home team, 20-8, to take a 20-point lead into the final period.
Long County got only as close as 12 points the rest of the way in losing its fourth game in a row.
Brendon Scott led the Blue Tide with 19 points. Clay Strickland added 11 points.
Though Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock was disappointed in the result, he found some positives to highlight.
“It was a disappointing loss, for sure. Despite that, it was good to see Terry Smith and Keon Burns be able to contribute and give us some depth at the point-guard position as well as the two-guard spot,” Brock said.
The coach added that the team must improve in several areas.
“We have to do a better job on the glass. Rebounding and free-throw shooting has been our Achilles heel,” he said. “(Also) we have to do a better job with turnovers. We have committed far too many to have any type of success.”
Long County was scheduled to host undefeated region foe Vidalia on Tuesday. Results will be online and in Sunday’s Courier.
On Friday, Long County travels to Pembroke to take on Bryan County. The boys’ game begins at 8 p.m.