Editors note: The game was originally scheduled to be played at Bradwell, but earlier this season the Knights were in the process of resurfacing their gym and swapped the first matchup against the Tigers. the Courier regrets the error in the print edition.
When Bradwell Institute travels to Windsor Forest tonight, the Lady Tiger basketball team will be looking to turn things around, while the Tiger boys will try to keep the good times rolling.
The Lady Tigers lost two Region 3-AAAAA games in the past week. The Tiger boys, on the other hand, are coming off back-to-back wins and will try and make it three in a row.
For the girls, the losing streak started last Friday at Glynn Academy in a 54-30 loss to the Lady Red Terrors. The girls were on the road again Tuesday, when Ware County brought them down, 58-34. It was their third loss in a row. The Lady Tigers are 5-13 overall and 3-6 in the region.
The Tiger boys defeated Glynn Academy, 52-48, and then eked out a 49-47 win at Ware County. It was the second time the Tigers battled down to the wire against the Gator boys. In December, Ware County started a comeback late in the fourth quarter, but BI held on, 60-57.
BI boys’ head coach Rhett Hellgren said defense and patience were the keys to their second win over the Gators. Hellgren commended the play of juniors Kendrick Harris-Bennett and Darrell Hawkins. But he quickly added that Jamorris Hill, Reasha Stokes and Malcolm Dingle had critical defensive minutes, and sophomores Jair Reynolds and Trevon McCoy also played well in the game.
“Jamorris and Malcolm shut down their best player,” Hellgren said. “The last time we played them, this kid scored 22 points on us. Tuesday, he only had 15 points with one 3-pointer coming late in the game when it no longer mattered or had an impact on the outcome.”
The last time the Tigers faced the Knights, the Bradwell boys had no problem beating them, 68-47. Another win tonight against the Knights would continue to boost the Tigers’ morale and keep them in the region-playoff picture.
“We have placed ourselves in a good spot as far as our region goes,” Hellgren said. “As long as we keep up the concentration and intensity, we should do fine. The kids are getting better and better and, I feel, are really starting to commit to what we are trying to achieve.”
The coach said his one area of concern is the Tigers’ free-throw percentage.
“We were an abysmal 9 for 25 from the line (against Ware County),” he said. “I hope this doesn’t hurt us down the road.”
Dingle paced the boys with 18 points. Stokes and Harris-Bennett each had 10 points to lead the Tigers.
The Tiger boys are 11-7 overall and 7-2 in the region.
Tonight’s action starts at 6 with the girls’ game.