Bradwell Institute’s basketball teams traveled to Savannah on Tuesday and earned a split with Beach High.
The Lady Tigers fell, 47-31, and the Tigers beat the Bulldogs, 55-42.
The win for the boys’ team gave the Tigers a 2-1 record to start the season ahead of their first Region 3-AAAAA game against Glynn Academy tonight at BI.
Beach had a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Tigers turned up the tempo and outscored the Bulldogs, 21-6, in the second quarter.
Malcolm Dingle led the Tigers with 18 points. Miguel Pineda had 14 points, while Reasha Stokes and Jamorris Hill each had seven points.
Despite the win, Tiger basketball coach Rhett Hellgren said he much rather would have controlled the game from the start.
“We need to be more patient and not force things,” he said. “Our offense is designed to make the pass to the open man for the better shot. When we do what we are supposed to, it works well. But when we play street ball and just run and gun, it gets away from what we are trying to do and we struggle. I am happy with the win. I just want us to realize how important it is for us to run the offense until we get the shot we are looking for.”
Tonight, Bradwell will face a Red Terrors’ team that is 2-3 overall. Tonight’s game will set the tone for the rest of the season, as the Tigers want to make a run for the region title and state playoffs.
“I know Glynn is going to be ready for us,” Hellgren said, adding they watched film on the team Wednesday night. “They are well coached and we will have to play our game for us to win.”
BI —11/21/12/11: 55
BEACH — 15/6/12/9: 42
Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker knows the Beach High girls always are going to come at her team with their best game. Baker’s team cost the Lady Bulldogs three Region 3-AAAAA titles in the past. Though the teams no longer are in the same region, the rivalry continues and Beach has always produced top players.
Baker said Beach played as she expected, but her girls played tough, too, and Beach led, 21-17, at the half.
“But we just self-destructed in the third quarter,” Baker said.
She said her players missed too many chip shots and turned the ball over too many times. Bradwell was outscored, 26-14, in the second half en route to the 47-31 final.
“I wasn’t pleased with my team’s performance at all,” Baker said.
The Lady Tigers (1-4) start region play by hosting Glynn at 6:30 tonight. The boys’ game will follow.