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Blue Tide splits games in Christmas tourney
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The Long County Blue Tide Boys Basketball team won a game and lost another as they competed in a Christmas tournament in Brunswick this past week. Glynn Academy hosted the event.
The two teams the Tide faced, the Riverdale Raiders and the Lovett Lions, had made the Final Four in the state tournament last year - the Raiders in the 6A-AAAA Region and the Lions in the 6N-AA Region.
Long County played the Raiders this past Friday and won a tight game, 65-64.  
“The Riverdale game was a very good game for us, they are a very good team, and we played the best defense that I have seen us play all year,” said head coach Deshon Brock.
Lazaruss Baggs led the team in scoring with 19 points, and also added 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
“I have been waiting for him (Baggs) to have that type of performance. He came up big for us in the fourth quarter,” Brock said.
Jimmy Bacon had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, while Eli Guests had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
The following day, the Blue Tide challenged the Lions, but had a much different result as they lost, 60-69.
“On Saturday, we did not have the same caliber of defense we had the night before,” Brock said.
The coach noted, “We came out slow, and dug a hole for ourselves. We had some silly turnovers in transition and we never really recovered.”
Despite the loss, the coach was pleased with the play of Ricky Rivera and, about the team, said, “All in all, I was pleased with the overall effort. We just have to execute and be more consistent.”
The Blue Tide currently have an 8-1 regular season record, and are 2-1 in the 2-AA Region behind Savannah Christian (3-0), Appling County (2-0), and Charlton County (1-0).
The Tide is currently ranked number eight in the state coaches poll and will take on McIntosh County at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 in Darien.
The Buccaneers have an overall record of 4-6 and are 2-2 in the region. The teams played two weeks ago and the Blue Tide won that game 60-52.
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