Bradwell Institute boys’ basketball team took down the Glynn Academy Red Terrors at home Friday night to start their Region 3-AAAAA games with a 54-40 win. Before the boys’ game, the Lady Tigers suffered a loss in their region opener, falling 42-33.
The Lady Tigers’ loss didn’t result from a lack of effort. BI coach Faye Baker later credited her girls for not giving up and fighting to the finish.
“It was the turnovers and many of them were unforced,” Baker said. “And it was something that we talked about before the game … doing a better job of taking care of the basketball.”
Baker said her first line of defense was good and the girls did generate turnovers; however, they were unable to capitalize on them.
“We are having a hard time generating offense … we are really struggling with that,” she said.
Lady Tiger Javaughna Claridy and Jakaria Fleming scored eight points each to pace the squad.
“I really was pleased with Jakaria Fleming’s efforts tonight,” Baker said. “She showed us four quarters of effort tonight … we’ve been talking to her about that, because in past games, she seemed to quit when we were down, but tonight she kept playing hard.”
Baker did say the team, overall, displayed a don’t-quit attitude, even when they trailed by as much as 15 at one point.
Lady Tiger Akeyla Richardson chipped in seven points in the contest; Selena Manies had five; and Alize Roberts, Myala Wells and Aleesa Futch each had
Baker said it’s still early in the season, and she thinks the more the girls play, the better they will get.
The boys took the court and the intensity level went up ten-fold. The Tigers and Red Terrors played strong defensively, closing first quarter tied at 4. Glynn started to pull ahead, but Reasha Stokes, Kendrick-Harris Bennett, Miguel Pineda and Malcolm Dingle each hit a layup plus one.
Glynn Academy’s Jaylan Patrick dropped in two trey shots to keep the Terrors close in the second quarter.
Pineda answered with two trey shots from the outside corner. Stokes had three solid put-backs, and the Bradwell boys never lost the lead for the remainder of the game, forcing the Red Terrors to try and keep up with their tempo.
Pineda hit another three-pointer in the fourth quarter to end the game with 17 points. Dingle added 16; Harris-Bennett had 11; Stokes added 6; and Hubert Anderson chipped in 4.
The Red Terrors were led by Bobby McFadden, who had 14 points.
The win also brought the Tiger boys’ overall record to 3-1.
The Bradwell boys and girls were set to host Statesboro on Saturday night and travel to Ware County for their second region game Tuesday.