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Long boys finish second on region
MR Boys finish
Blue Tide players and cheerleaders huddle at the end of the region finals in Baxley Saturday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Saturday the Long County boys basketball team played the McIntosh County Buccaneers in Baxley for the Region 2-AA Tournament Championship, and lost in double over-time 55-64.
Long County had the momentum in an evenly matched game and went in at the half with a 25-15 lead.
But in the third period the tide turned on the Blue Tide.  When the Bucs came out, they played aggressively, in an effort to keep the ball out of point guard Prince Moody’s hands.  
“Trying to keep the ball out of Prince’s hands, and with us making too many turnovers, they were able to out score us 19-6 in the third,” head coach Deshon Brock said.
Once the game was back to square one in the fourth, the game basically came down to who would make the higher percentage of shots.
“We played hard, but once again we didn’t finish the game.  We missed too many lay-ups in the third, and in the second overtime, they just out executed us,” Brock said.
In the game, Ricky Rivera had 11 points, Moody had 12 and Jimmy Bacon continued to put up big numbers, leading the Tide with 20 points.
Even in the loss, Brock was pleased with how Moody controlled the game and with Bacon and Randy Boyd in rebounding.
Though the Long County boys couldn’t wrap up the region tournament title, they did secure hosting a first round game in the state tournament against Screven County.
The Gamecocks come into the state tournament on fire, having won seven of their last eight games, and having an overall record of 15-13.
The game will be in Ludowici on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Long County High School gym.
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