Bradwell defeated Richmond Hill, 61-58, on Friday in Richmond Hill to earn third place in the Region 3-AAAAA tournament and a trip to the state playoffs
Due to the recent bad weather, the playoffs will begin Saturday, Feb. 22. The Tigers will play the second-place team from Region 1-AAAAA. Final brackets had not been released at press time.
Resha Stokes, Malcolm Dingle and Hubert Anderson all scored in double digits for the Tigers, notching 15,14 and 10 points respectively. “It feels really good, and I am so proud of these young men,” Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said. “They have worked tremendously hard for me. It is an accomplishment considering that we are the smallest team in the region and pretty much whomever we play. We have come a long way and I wouldn’t want anyone in the world but these guys.”
On Thursday, Effingham County took down the Tigers, 68-45, to knock the Tiger boys into the consolation bracket.
Both teams pounded the court and ended the first quarter tied at 10. The Rebels pulled out to a nine-point lead at halftime, but it was a huge third quarter surge by the Effingham boys that killed the Tigers’ chance for a comeback. The Rebels outscored the Tiger, 25-9, in the third quarter.
Hellgren said the Tigers played well defensively, holding top Rebels’ scorer JaKeenan Gant to only 11 points.
“I really want to say LaDon Williams had a great game covering Gant,” he said. “We wanted someone besides Gant or Reid to beat us. Well, (Kyle) Owens stepped up and had 17 points. They had some run-outs when we were trying to play catch-up, and that is when it got a little out of hand.”
Hellgren said they didn’t stay focused on their offensive strategy.
“We are a deliberate and patient team on offense,” he said. “We look for the better shot and run the offense till we get it. Tonight, it looked like we forgot that and tried to run up and down with them.”
Hellgren said the Rebels used their size and the up tempo they controlled to pull ahead.
Bradwell vs. Effingham
BI — 10/10/9/16: 45
BI scoring — Malcolm Dingle 10, Jamorris Hill 9, Resha Stokes 9, Kendrick Harris-Bennett 7, Donte Harris6, LaDon Williams 2, Daylan Baker 2
EC —10/19/25/14: 68
EC scorers — Kyle Owens 17, Mondre Green 12, Andre Brown 12, JaKeenan Gant 11
Bradwell vs. Richmond Hill
BI —7/14/17/23: 61
RHHS —5/13/14/26: 58
BI scoring — Reasha Stokes 15, Malcolm Dingle 14, Hubert Anderson 10, Jamorris Hill 9, Trevon McCoy 6, Kendrick Harris-Bennett 6, Darrell Hawkins 1