The Bradwell Tigers picked up their first region victory Tuesday, beating the tough Beach Bulldogs 58-48.
"It always good to win a region game and it’s even better to beat a good team like Beach," Tigers coach Pete Woodard said.
Bradwell established a fast pace during the opening minutes of the game. The Tigers moved the basketball quickly, trading baskets with Beach in the first six minutes.
Bradwell forced a turnover in the final seconds of the first quarter to take a 15-12 lead.
Beach took advantage of some Tiger ball-handling mistakes and cut the lead to 21-20 midway through the second quarter.
Tiger guard Tykeem Brown picked off a Beach pass and streaked down the court for layup and ended up with an old-fashioned three-point play. Bradwell had a 29-20 lead at the half.
The Tigers came into the second quarter reeling off 6 straight points. Beach went on a couple of small scoring runs, but never could cut into the Tigers’ lead.
The Bulldogs pulled down some timely rebounds and added multiple shot attempts to pull within 4 points of Bradwell, 46-43.
The Tigers continued to play at quick pace and put up a couple of treys to defeat Beach, 58-48.
"I told them tonight in the locker room that one of the key things we had to do was to get on the boards," Woodard said.
The coach was pleased with the 22 rebounds his team pulled down, but according to him, they need to work on getting those rebounds at crucial times in a game. Woodard said he was happy with the squad’s defense.
"We knew we would give up points in the middle but so we concentrated on making our zone cheat out on their shooters and we did a good job of that," he said.
Bradwell’s Darius Shuman led in scoring with 19 points. Nafiys Johnson finished with 15 points, Marcus Reddicks had 9, Tykeem Brown scored 7 and had 9 assists.
Bradwell moves to 3-10 overall and 1-2 in the region.
Region power Sol C. Johnson comes to Bradwell tonight.
"There is a lot parity this year in the region. A lot of people have already given Groves the region, but Johnson and Jenkins are coming on," Woodard said. "If a team shows up to play every night, they are going have a chance to beat anyone."
Woodard wants to build on Tuesday’s night win.
"The key to beating Johnson Friday night is playing with intensity, blocking out and rebounding and hitting our free throws," he said.
Bradwell 58, Beach 48
Bradwell 15 14 12 17-58
Beach 12 8 11 17-48