Friday night, the Long County Sharks and Tar Heels traveled to Jesup to take on the Cavaliers and the Hawks.
In the early game, the Sharks faced the Cavaliers with only five players, having no reserve Sharks players to rely on.
During the first period, the home team jumped out to a 4-0 lead. In the second quarter, Sharks player Aikeem Ellington nailed a two-pointer to narrow the score to 2-4, but at the end of the half, the Cavaliers were up 12-2.
In the third period, Sharks Savon Brunson and Hunter Bennett nailed a basket each to close the gap to 12-6, but the home team managed to close out the quarter leading, 24-6.
In the final period, the Cavaliers extended their lead to 26-6. The Sharks managed 6 more points, but lost to the Cavilers, 26-12.
Ellington had 6 points and 2 rebounds, Bennett had 2 points and a steal, and Brunson had 2 points and 1 assist. Termini White had 3 steals and a rebound, while Holden Riddle had 1 steal and 4 rebounds.
In the second game of the night, the Tar Heels took on the Hawks.
The Tar Heels were up by 12 points at hte half, but a late game surge by the determined Hawks narrowed the Heels’ lead to 23-19.
Tar Heels assistant coach Stevie Harrison made several adjustments in the game and, according to head coach Chris Carter, players Brandon Scott, Jared Martin and Matt Strickland were on all night, scoring several points a piece.
Harrison said he was especially pleased with the defense exhibited by Parker Kasperian, Jamel Sloan and Alex Carter.
On Jan. 17, the Long County 7- and 8-year-old teams and the 9- and 10-year-old teams played.
The 7- and 8-year-old Bulldogs and Bulls played twice, with the Dogs winning both games. The first game was 17-11 and the second contest was 21-5.
The 9- and 10-year-old Tar Heels and the Sharks played one game, which the Tar Heels won, 42-6.