The Long County boys’ basketball team improved their overall record to 13-3 this past weekend by notching wins over Benedictine Military School and Appling County.
On Friday, the Blue Tide traveled to Savannah and solidly beat the Cadets 72-55. The leading scorers for Long County were Henry Blair, who had 21 points; Christian Bass, who added 16 points; and Brendon Scott, who chipped in 13 points. Head coach Deshon Brock praised the Cadets and said that beating them on their home court was especially satisfying.
“It feels good to be able to go to Savannah and beat them in their gym with the crowd that they have,” Brock said. “They are a really well-coached team and execute very good on offense, so we had to play good defense (to get the win).”
Brock said he was pleased with his entire team’s play, but he did highlight the individual efforts of a few players.
“I thought that Christian Bass played outstanding, getting a triple-double with 12 rebounds to go with his 16 points. Also, Blair has been playing really well as of late. He is a very effective scorer. He does not shoot a whole lot and scores within the flow of the game, and sometimes, you don’t realize that he scores as much as he does,” Brock said. “Also, Perrell (Brisbane) gave us some energy and momentum late with his two dunks in the fourth.”
Brock said that having good depth on the bench was a big factor in getting the win.
“It was just a good team win,” he said. “We had several players get into foul trouble early, and guys like Stephan Hugley, Khy Collins, Xavier Stapleton came in and really helped us out.”
On Saturday, Long County was back home to take on Appling County, and the outcome in this game was just as sweet, as the Blue Tide manhandled the Pirates 72-39. The leading scorer in this game for the Ludowici boys was Brisbane, who had 18 points.
Brock said that although his team was the clear favorite to pick up the win, he did not look past the Pirates because he knew they would be prepared to play very hard.
“The game against Portal taught us that you can’t look at a team’s record alone and expect to win,” Brock said. “The game is played for a reason. Records go out of the window once tipoff happens. Coach (Bryan) Weaver is a good coach, and I knew he made some adjustments since we last played. Tonight was all about Appling County. I told my guys to play hard and don’t look up and the scoreboard, just play good defense.”
The Blue Tide’s Region 2-AA mark is now 6-1, just one game behind Vidalia, which is 7-0 in the region and 14-2 overall. The two teams played
Tuesday night, but results from that game were not available by press time.
On Friday, Long County travels to Pembroke for another region game against Bryan County (8-6 and 4-3). That game starts at 7:30 p.m.