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Deja vu, the Blue Tide Lose 69-67 to Appling County
Justin Boyd played outstanding offense and defense in Saturday's game against Appling County. The Blue Tide lost the game 69-67. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
 Three weeks ago, the Blue Tide took on Appling County, and lost a disappointing game 69-67 in overtime.
On Saturday, history repeated.
The number two ranked Pirates, dictated the pace of the game all night and went into the half up 37-31. The Blue Tide fought back, narrowing the gap but still lost 69-67 in regulation.
"We didn't shoot the ball that well, also we were 10 for 28 behind the line, you can't win close games when you don't make free throws," Tide head coach Deshon Brock said.
According to Brock, the Blue Tide also had a difficult time making free throws in the first game, shooting only 40 percent from the line over the two contests.
Despite the loss, the coach did praise his team, "I think they played their hearts out and left everything on the floor. I love our effort."
In the game, Justin Boyd was the leading shooter for the Tide, but Brock was especially pleased with the sophomore's play on the defense.
"Justin led us in scoring with 19 points, but he played tremendous defense against one of Appling's better scorers."
Brock also highlight the play of Lazaruss Baggs.
"Lazaruss played great for us coming off the bench. He made them miss lay-ups by just being in there. He finished with 19 boards, 13 points, and 5 blocked shots."
Brock added, "We look forward to meeting them in the region championship game, hopefully we'll do what it takes to get there. I believe that we will."
In Friday's game the Blue Tide had to travel to Brunswick to take on the Brunswick High School.
Surprising everyone except the home team, the team from the coast led 14-12 at the end of the first period.  But in the second, the Long County men outscored the Pirates 24 to 16 to assume a 38-28 lead at the half, and went on to win the game 74-64.
In that game Robert Gamble led all scorers with 25 points while Jimmy Bacon added 21.
Long County's record is now 17-5 overall and 10-3 in the 2-AA Region. According to the GACA Coaches' poll, Long County is still in the top 10 ranked at number eight.
The Boys from Long County took on Brantley County last night, in their final region game, but the score for wasn't available in time for this story.
Saturday, the Blue will face Brunswick High School in the team's final game of the season. It will be in Ludowici at 7:30 p.m.

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