Long County lost basketball season openers against Wayne County Saturday.
Playing in Jesup, the Blue Tide lost 74-64 and the Lady Tide lost 53-30.
“We jumped out to an early, 4-0 lead and were able to turn them over at the start of the game,” Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said. “Then they turned us over and got some offensive put-backs and really never looked back, after going on a 10-0 run in the first quarter.”
Brock said his team also struggled with turnovers and defensive rebounding.
“We have to do a better job in the half court in recognizing our post players and getting them the ball,” he said. “Luckily it’s early in the season, and these are things that we can fix going forward.”
Leading scorers for the boys were Henry Blair and James Forrest, who each had eight points, and Perrell Brisbane who put up 23 points.
During preseason scrimmages against Toombs County the night before, Long County won both games. Playing in Ludowici, the Blue Tide won 75-58 and the Lady Tide won 72-22.
Brock said, “I thought we came out slow and we had early foul trouble, but the second unit came in and provided a spark.”
Leading scorers were Brisbane, who had 11 points, James Forrest, who had 12, and Xavier Stapleton, who led 15 points.
Brock said he also was pleased with the play of Eric Shaw, Stephen Hugley, Jacob Bailey and Ryhiem Izzard.
Long County girls and boys are off until Nov. 28, when they take on Metter High in Candler County. The girls play at 5 p.m. and the boys follow at 6:30.
No coaching comments were provided for the girls’ game, before our press time.