Just two days after the Bradwell boys’ basketball team beat Statesboro in overtime, the Tigers did it again Tuesday.
This time, the Tigers battled Ware County into an extra session Tuesday at home and claimed a 60-57 Region 3-AAAAA win.
Earlier that night, the Lady Tigers held off a late run by the Lady Gators to win, 48-40.
Ware County held a minimal lead throughout most of the game. Then, the Tigers decided enough was enough. Newcomer Tevin Womack came off the bench and hit two clutch 3-point shots to tie the game, 51-51, at the end of regulation. Malcolm Dingle then went 5 of 6 at the line in overtime to clinch the win.
“Tevin hit some clutch shots tonight that really were amazing,” Bradwell coach Rhett Hellgren said. “He has not had the opportunity to show what he could do, but tonight he did an awesome job. He was 100 percent from the field, with two 3-pointers and two 2-pointers.”
Hellgren said his team still needs to do a better job at free throws. The Tigers shot 60.9 percent at the line. Reasha Stokes hit 9 of 10 and the team did much better at the line during the fourth quarter and overtime, going 11 of 15.
“We just have to hit them in the first three quarters as well,” he said. “Malcolm hit them when they were needed; he was 16 for 24 for the game, but 6 for 8 in the fourth quarter and OT.”
Ware County pressed and put up a fight on the boards.
“Ware played their tail off,” Hellgren said. “I have to tip my hat to them. They came to play and they did an awesome job. We were not mentally prepared tonight and it showed. We talk about concentration and intensity all the time. It was not there most of the game. But our kids did a great job when it mattered.” Hellgren applauded his team for coming together but did give credit to senior Jamorris Hill, saying he was the glue holding the team together. The coach also said Kendrick Harrris-Bennett and Hubert Anderson continue to work hard in post play.
“Tonight we were a team … with no individuals, and I have to say it feels good to be a part of these guys — they are amazing and a real pleasure to be around,” Hellgren said.
The Tigers (5-1 overall, 2-0 in region) host Windsor Forest tonight in another region contest. Tip-off is after the girls’ game.
BI — 6/16/7/22/9: 60
WC — 10/16/10/15/6: 57
Bradwell scoring: M. Dingle 20, R. Stokes 15, T. Womack 10, J. Hill 9, K. Bennett 6
According to Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker, the Lady Gators’ fourth-quarter run was spurred by a few turnovers from her team.
“We made a few crucial mistakes that allowed them to get back in the game,” she said. “But I was happy … we bent, but we didn’t break.”
Baker said her team stayed focused and hit some key baskets and free throws that gave them the advantage at the end.
Baker said ever since last week’s loss to Glynn Academy, her players have come together.
“They made a commitment (after the Glynn loss) to play as hard as they can … we talked about being consistent for four quarters and maintain the intensity level and that seems to have carried over into Saturday’s game and tonight,” Baker said.
Baker said the win was an overall team effort and while the turnovers were still a bit higher than what they would like, offensively her team is doing a better job on ball movement and picking their shots.
“I was real proud of our effort and the fact they continued to play really hard,” she said.
The Lady Tigers, 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the region, play tonight at 6.
BI — 13/12/8/15: 48
WC — 5/13/10/12: 40
Bradwell scoring: J. Fleming 12, K. Martin 9, J. Claridy 8, M. Forshee 4, A. Richardson 4, R. Richardson 4, S. Manies 3, J. Young 2, A. Roberts 2