In the second day of the Joe Greene Classic the Bradwell Tiger boys and girls got a sneak peak of the Region 3-AAAAA foe, Beach High.
Both squads realized they need to prep for their next match — when it counts for the region — as the Lady Tigers fell 50-27 and the boys were defeated 70-61.
In the girls’ game, Beach kept a lead most of the game against BI, but took total control of the game in the fourth quarter.
“Just as in the Liberty game and even the Liberty scrimmage I think that we are playing pretty OK defense, but offensively we are still trying to find ourselves,” Bradwell girls’ coach Faye Baker said.
Bradwell found themselves missing some easy looks at the basket.
Baker said the Lady Tigers would have the rest of the break off from practice but will really focus on offense and rebounding when they return.
“We have to get better on offense and get where we can do a better job on the boards. Other than being a little tired in the fourth quarter we didn’t do a very good job of blocking out. Beach has a lot of height and if we don’t block them out every time, they go to the boards and get second and third shot attempts,” Baker said.
Bradwell goes to 1-1 on the season.
The Lady Tigers open region play with Beach Tuesday night at home.
“I think (by) playing Beach in the Joe Greene we definitely know what to expect. We know they can run and we will work some half-court trap against them. The most important thing for us is to make sure we block out and to be able to execute of offense and defense,” Baker said.
In the boys’ game, Bradwell started with a pace that allowed the Tigers to stay in step with the Bulldogs’ running game.
The Tigers were able to create some small scoring runs against Beach throughout the first half, and Bradwell was able to hold a 34-33 lead going into the locker room at the half.
“We have got to learn how to finish a game. You have to play all four quarters until the end of the game,” Bradwell boys’ coach Pete Woodard said.
Bradwell struggled in the second half with their inside game and on the boards. Beach was able to get extra scoring opportunities by controlling the offensive and defensive glass.
Down 46-43, the Tigers’ Malcolm Dingle put in a basket to cut Beach’s lead to 46-45, but the Bulldogs hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor.
Tiger guard Ryan Hall hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter keeping Bradwell within two points, but Beach was able to add to its lead for the win.
“We did a little better job defensively against Beach. In the first half we ended up getting in position and covered our areas a little better,” Woodard said.
Bradwell had three players in double figures. Dazjon Tinge led the Tigers with 19 points. Senior guard Javonte Richey chipped in 17 points. Malcolm Dingle put in 11 points.
Bradwell falls to 0-2 on the season and will host Beach in Region 3-AAAAA play Tuesday night.
“With Beach coming in Tuesday night to start region we know that we have got to do a better job blocking out. We also have got to get our inside game more involved in the offense. The most important thing for us though is we have to learn how to finish games,” Woodard said.
Beach 16|17|20|17 - 70
Bradwell 18|16|14|13 - 61
Bradwell: Dazjon Tinge 19, Javonte Richey 17, Malcolm Dingle 11, Ryan Hall 3, Darius Mowbray 3, Jamorris Hill 2, Elijah Jones 2, Jalen Watson 2, Resha Stokes 2
Girls’ scoring information was not available by press time.