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Tis the season for high-school hoops
Local schools in action over the holiday break
After finishing the Gentlemens Classic in Statesboro, the Bradwell Tigers and head coach Rhett Hellgren will take a short break and open Region 3B-AAAAA action Jan. 4 in Richmond Hill. - photo by Courier file photo

If it’s the Christmas break, it must  be time for high school hoops.  
After dropping the first game of the Gentlemen’s Classic, the Liberty County boys’ basketball team turned things around and won the next two.
After losing, 70-54, to undefeated Glenn Hills on Wednesday, the boys bounced back against Drew High School on Thursday with a buzzer shot that nabbed them a 61-60 victory.
Panther coach Willie Graham said his team didn’t turn the ball over as much as it did against Glenn Hills, and the players shot good percentages from the line and the field.
The team carried that momentum into Friday night’s game to eke out a 76-72 win over Osborne.
“Again, we shot well from the line, and we had a low turnover ratio,” Graham said. “The team is starting to come around.”
The Panthers are 4-8 overall and will start Region 3A-AAAA action Jan. 4 when they host Statesboro.
The boys’ basketball team at Bradwell Institute finished the Gentleman’s Classic 0-3. As previously reported, the boys lost, 75-70, against Osborne on Wednesday. The Tigers hit the court again Thursday evening, falling to a yet undefeated Glenn Hills team, according to head coach Rhett Hellgren.
The coach said his team lost by 21, but the final scores have not been posted and were unavailable at press time.
Hellgren said the boys trailed by six at the half, but the Tigers had 28 turnovers throughout the game.
On Friday night, the Tigers lost to Drew High School, 72-68, in overtime. BI is 7-6 overall and 3-0 in Region 3B-AAAAA. They travel to Richmond Hill on Jan. 4.
The Long County Blue Tide boys’ basketball team went 2-for-2 at the Savannah Christian Christmas Tournament last weekend.
Last Friday, the Tide beat Groves, 60-55, and on Saturday they escaped with another narrow victory, dropping host Savannah Christian, 46-44.
The boys were scheduled to participate in the Thomasville High Hoopfest, which started Thursday. Scores and opponents were not listed by press time.

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