Tuesday wasn’t a good night for the Long County High School basketball program as the varsity boys’ and girls’ teams lost home games to McIntosh County.
The Blue Tide dropped a 47-44 decision, and the Lady Tide fell, 65-26.
With the losses, the Blue Tide fell to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Region 2B-AA, while the Lady Tide are 0-5.
Both teams are back on the court today as they travel to Alma to face Bacon County in more region action. The Red Raiders bring a 3-2 record into the game, while the Lady Raiders are 1-4 mark. The girls’ varsity game is at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.
In Long County’ previous two games, against Jeff Davis High School and Benedictine Military School, the Blue Tide eked out wins in the final seconds of each game. But Tuesday, Lady Luck sided with McIntosh County.
Early in the game, it looked like Long County would win easily as the Tide jumped out to a 28-18 halftime lead. In the third period, the Buccaneers outscored the home team, 14-6, to narrow the deficit to a two points. McIntosh continued to whittle away at the lead until it took a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter. The Blue Tide’s Deonte Ellis nailed a basket to tie the game at 43-43. With five seconds left, McIntosh held a three-point lead. The Blue Tide’s Josh Berry attempted a long 3-point shot at the buzzer, but just missed.
Berry led the Blue Tide with 15 points, while Jamaal Anderson had 14 points.
Brian Sounds led McIntosh with 11 points.
In contrast with the boys’ game, the girls’ game never was close. McIntosh County came out strong to take a 19-8 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back.
For the Lady Tide, Derrissa Crawford had 10 points, Mikayla Lovett had six points and Toni Johnson added four points.
Makhala Jackson led McIntosh with 18 points.