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Long County beats Bradwell
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Saturday’s cross-county rival game between Bradwell Institute and Long County High School was fiercely competitive to the end. The squads went back and fourth for three and a half quarters,  staying within points of each other. However, the Tide eventually earned a 63-71 victory.
Both teams played tough defense in the first quarter, turning the match into a physical battle. At the end of one, the Blue Tide had a narrow 11-9 lead.
The second period was more of the same as the aggressive play continued. Justin Boyd led the Tide, scoring 9 points — including a long three-pointer from the outside corner. Tiger Tykeem Brown put up 6 for the visiting Tigers. At the half, Hinesville had a slim 29-28 lead.
In the third quarter, both teams found their outside shots. Marcus Reddicks put up 7 points for Bradwell, including a trey shot. The Tide’s Norman Thompson adding two long three-pointers for the home team. By the end of the third, Long County was back on top, 48-47.
In the final period with about three minutes left, the Tide began to pull away and were victorious at the buzzer.
After the game, Tiger coach Pete Woodard said, “We played with a lot of heart. Unfortunately, in a game like this, which is for bragging rights, that’s not enough. We made too many mental mistakes.”
The coach added, “We’ve been having problems with our rebounds and free throws. Tonight that wasn’t the case. Tonight the problem was turnovers and missing too many easy shots.”
Long County coach, Deshon Brock credited a few of his players. “Tommy (Freeman) probably had his best game of the year. Jalen Futch gave us a spark in the first half and in the fourth when Justin (Boyd) got in foul trouble. (Robert) Goslee and Norman (Thompson) stepped up,” he said. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re heading in the right direction.”
With the win, the Tide improved their overall record to 2-7 and their Region 2-AA mark to 1-1. Long County played Pierce County last night in Blackshear, but results for that game were not available at press time. On Friday, the Tide will play a region game at home against Charlton County. The Indians are 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 2-AA. The game is at 7:30 p.m.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 1-8 overall and are still looking for their first Region 3-AAAAA win. BI played Savannah High yesterday, but results were not available. Bradwell will take on Windsor Forest High School in a region game at 8 p.m. Friday in Savannah. The Knights bring a 3-4 overall record into the contest and are 1-1 in Region 3-AAAAA.
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