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Long boys and girls begin 2-AA tourney
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The Long County girls and boys basketball teams ended the regular season last week and now the “important games” begin the region tournament and next week the state tournament.  
The Long County boys ended their season tied for second place in Region 2-AA with Savannah Christian, so it came down to a coin toss to see who would go into the region tournament as the number two seed. The Red Raiders won the toss, meaning the Blue Tide had the three seed.
Being in the top four, the Long team got a first round bye at the tourney.  But what the loss of the toss does mean is that the boys will have to make it to the semi-finals at region to join Appling County and Savannah Christian in the state tournament.
The boys will play their first game Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Savannah Christian campus, where they will take on the winner of the Jeff Davis County and Brantley County game, which was played last night Tuesday.
During the regular season the Blue Tide swept both games with Jeff Davis and Brantley, and will be the favorite to beat whichever team makes it into the second round.
If the Blue Tide can get by that game, they then take on the Red Raiders on Friday in the semi-finals. That game also starts at 5:30.  In the two regular season contests against Savannah Christian, each team won at home, and both will be looking to break that tie, should they meet in the final four.
The Lady Blue Tide came into the tournament as the number six seed, so they didn’t have the luxury of a bye, and they had to play the Brantley County ladies Tuesday night in the first round of the tournament.
During the regular season, the ladies from Ludowici beat the girls from Brantley in their first outing, but lost the second game.
If the Long ladies were able to get by the Herons on Tuesday, they will play again Thursday, taking on the number three seed, Pierce County.
The Lady Bears had the Lady Tide’s number during the regular season, but in their first game, it was a competitive loss 64-75.
That game is in Folkston, and will tip off at 4 p.m.
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