Bradwell Institute’s basketball teams suffered their first Region 3B-AAAAA losses of the season Tuesday at Jenkins High School.
“We got away from what we do best, which is play team ball,” Tiger boys’ coach Rhett Hellgren said of their 92-68 loss to the Warriors. “Instead, we tried to play street ball with them.”
Hellgren said he was a bit disappointed that his team allowed the Warriors to beat them by 24 points. He added they were headed in the wrong direction during the game, but said, “We are going to fix this problem quick.”
Reshaun Stokes dropped in 21 points for Bradwell (8-7 overall, 4-1 in region), while Miguel Pineda and Malcolm Dingle scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Warriors’ Malik Benlevi scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. The Warriors had three other players score in the double digits while improving to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the region.
The Tiger boys host Groves tonight in another region game.
In the girls’ game, Bradwell’s Shaquoia Crockett scored 23 points, but Jenkins eked out a 58-53 win. Lady Warrior Makayla Robinson nearly matched Coco in points, chipping in 21. Helping her with the win was Warrior teammate Faith Sanders, who notched in 20 points and 17 rebounds.
Lady Tiger Akeyla Richardson had 10 points.
Bradwell coach Faye Baker said the Warriors gained the advantage when her team allowed them too many offensive opportunities.
“We were not blocking out and giving them too many second and third shots,” she said. “We played hard, but we can’t give up those second and third opportunities.”
The Lady Tigers (4-10, 4-1) host Groves tonight at 7. The boys’ game will follow.
Baker said she doesn’t have much information regarding this season’s Lady Rebels’ squad.
“I think they have one guard that was their best offensive player last year, but other than that I’m not sure so we will make adjustments, if needed, throughout the game,” she said.