Long County’s varsity basketball teams swept the McIntosh County teams Friday in Darien. The boys won 82-54 and the girls 51-48.
The leading scorers for the Blue Tide were Christian Bass, who had 10 points. Terry Smith added 11. Eric Shaw chipped in 14. And Perrell Brisbane led all scorers with 15 points.
With the Region 2-AA win, the Blue Tide improved their overall record to 17-6 and their region mark to 10-3. The Buccaneers fell to 2-21 overall and 1-12 in the region.
The Lady Tide improved their overall record to 17-7 and their region mark to 10-3. The Lady Bucs fell to 5-16 overall and 4-8 in the region.
This Friday, Long County’s teams will be back at home, taking on the Benedictine Cadets (12-10 and 6-6) and the St. Vincent’s Saints (13-10 and 6-6).
When the teams played earlier this year in Savannah, the Blue Tide won 72-55 while the girls eked out a 52-44 win.
Both Long County teams go into Friday’s contests favored. MaxPreps.com has the Long County boys ranked at No. 21 in the state compared to the Cadets at No. 30 in the AA power poll. The Lady Tide currently sit in the No. 16 spot compared to the Saints at No. 30.
The girls game begins at 6 p.m., with the boys following at 7:30.
Friday is also senior night for the Tide teams. Prospective graduates who will be recognized are Xavier Stapleton, Eric Shaw, Brendon Scott and James Forrest. Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said the seniors have been hard workers who will be missed.
“This has been a great group of seniors to work with, I’m glad that we could send them out on a good note, having this type of season,” Brock said. “For Xavier and Brendon, we were not able to have the type of sustained success that you would like, but they worked their butts off to make sure that this season was one to remember. Eric and James have blended right in with the rest of the team since they have been here.”
According to MaxPreps.com, Lady Tide seniors to be honored include Keke Calhoun, Katie Estill, Caitlin Wingate, Keshawndra Cooper and Mya Howard.