The Long County High School boys’ basketball team shocked everyone but themselves Tuesday.
The eighth-seeded Blue Tide, who had lost 11 games in a row going into the Region 2-AA tournament, upset No. 5 Bacon County, 49-45, in the first round in Ludowici.
However, the Blue Tide dropped a 63-51 decision to fourth-seeded Benedictine on Wednesday.
At the half Tuesday, Bacon County led, 21-16, at halftime, but the Blue Tide went on a 10-3 run in the third quarter to go up 26-24. The Raiders fought back to tie the game, 43-43, with 1:25 left in the game.
Long County’s Brendon Scott drew a foul and was money at the free-throw line, putting in both shots to put the Tide back on top. Bacon County’s Jay Jackson then drew a foul, but missed both of his free-throw attempts.
With time running out, the Raiders were forced to foul. Long County’s Christian Bass was fouled and hit both of his shots to extend the Blue Tide’s lead to four. Bacon still couldn’t score, and the Tide’s Xavier Stapleton drew the foul and converted both free throws to put the game away.
Bacon County scored at the buzzer for the final margin.
Scott led Long County had 16 points. Clay Strickland added eight points.
Tron Folsom led Bacon County with 21 points
Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said he was happy with his team’s performance and effort and was pleased with the individual efforts of Danaron Anderson and Scott.
“Chip (Scott) really stepped up for us and played well, and Danaron Anderson played hard on defense and was able to erase a lot of mistakes that we made,” Brock said.
Statistics for the Benedictine game were not available as this story was published.
The boys’ tourney semifinals tonight in Ludowici feature Benedictine against top-seeded Vidalia at 5:30 p.m., followed by second-seeded Bryan County against MCA at 8:30 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Boys:McIntosh Co 51, Groves 48