The Long County High School boys basketball team fell 60-46 to visiting Region 2-AA leader Tattnall County High School on Tuesday night.
However, the Blue Tide made it interesting in the first half, after the Battle Creek Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead early and the game looked like it might be a runaway.
Instead, the Blue Tide’s Jamal Posey nailed a long 3-point shot to tie the score at 10 with 1:30 left in the first quarter. By the end of the period, Long County had fought its way to a 12-10 lead.
In the second period, the team from Reidsville settled down and, led by Randy Harris’ 6 points, outscored the Tide 13-7 to take a 23-19 lead at the break.
Harris stayed hot and added 8 more points in the third quarter as the Tattnall County team outscored Long County 18-12. At the end of three the Warriors had extended their lead to 41-31 and pulled away for the win.
Long County coach Deshon Brock said little things cost his team a win.
“Loose balls, not hustling. When they did (hustle), giving them too many second chances. They did what they had to do and we didn’t and all of those little things put them in the position to win,” Brock said.
Harris had a game-high 18 points for Tattnall County. Jarquez Payne led Long County with 14 while Jamal Anderson finished with 11 points. Posey scored points while Yusuf Gooding and Jaylen Futch had 5 points each.
With the win, Tattnall County (10-2) remains undefeated in Region 2-AA at 6-0, while the loss dropped the Tide’s region mark to 3-3. Long County is 4-7 overall.
Despite the loss, Brock was upbeat about the way his team competed.
“We didn’t do what we had to do to win, but what we did do was show that on any given night we can beat anybody and we can play with anybody in the region,” Brock said.
The Tide hit the road tonight to take on Pierce County. The Bears bring a 2-7 overall record and a 2-4 region record into the contest. This is the first time that the two teams have met this year, but the Tide swept Pierce County last year.
The game in Blackshear starts at 7:30 p.m.