Tigers mistakes proved their undoing during Savannah High’s 52-41 win against Bradwell on Tuesday in Hinesville.
"We just had too many turnovers and allowed them a chance to grab too many offensive rebounds. We had some good looks early and we just didn’t score," Bradwell coach Pete Woodard said.
The Tigers had momentum at the start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Savannah High regrouped to lead 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Rodney Hawkins sank a bucket for the Tigers to cut the lead to 16-14 early in the second quarter.
Savannah then reeled off a nine-point run to go up, 25-16, but the Tigers continued to scrap in the second half.
Bradwell fought back from a 10-point deficit
and Dazjon Tinae scored for the Tigers to pull to
Savannah rallied and continued to add to its lead until the game was out of reach for the Tigers.
"Despite the turnovers and rebounds, I was pleased with the defensive effort that we showed tonight," Woodard said.
Tinae was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 10 points. Hawkins contributed nine points and Cameron Kight finished with six points.
Bradwell fell to 6-18 on the year and 5-12 in region 3-AAAAA play.
Though the Tigers will start the region tournament next week at Groves, they still have one more regular-season game left. Bradwell travels to Benedictine tonight to take on the Cadets. The Tigers defeated BC, 74-69, in January.
"It’s the last regular game of the season and you always want to win your last game. We beat them the last time. We had the game in control and got a little sloppy at the end and let them back in and the game was closer than it should have been. Benedictine is a very fundamentally sound basketball team and we know that. We are really going to have to be ready to play to have an opportunity to defeat them again," Woodard said.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Benedictine in Savannah.
Bradwell top scorers:
Bradwell top scorers:Dazjon Tinae 10, Rodney Hawkins 9, Cameron Kight 6, Miguel Pineda 5, Jamael Smith 5, Jalen Watson 4, Deon Craig 2.