Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School dropped boys’ basketball home games Saturday.
Liberty fell to Tattnall, 48-45, while Bradwell lost to McIntosh County Academy, 58-54.
Fatigue played a factor in the fourth quarter for the Panthers, as the Warriors outscored the home team, 12-8, in the period.
The Warriors double-covered the normally high-scoring Davion Mitchell and held him to 11 points. Junior Panther Tyriq Reece also chipped in 11 points.
However, the Panthers shot only 40 percent from the line, and many of those misses hurt them in the end.
Liberty, which fell to 9-3 overall, starts Region 3-AAAA play Friday at Burke County. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m.
Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren was looking to see if BI’s 47-45 win at Beach High just before the New Year would carry over into 2015.
“The Beach game was good for the players and the coaching staff,” Hellgren said about the win. “It had been a long time since our last win, and it always feels good to get the W.”
Saturday against the Buccaneers, it looked as if the younger Tigers would hold on and take another win. But the Bucs, 5-7 overall after Saturday’s action, curbed the Tigers’ enthusiasm at the end, holding on for the win.
Hellgren said he was encouraged by the effort of his team, which mostly has sophomores and freshmen as starters.
“We are definitely getting better and had some mental breakdowns against McIntosh,” Hellgren said. “But that happens when you are playing such young guys. We are down to playing one or two seniors or one or two juniors … the rest of the team is freshman and sophomores. We have lost three times during overtimes this year and we have got to get mentally stronger. And we will — the players we have now that are getting most of the playing time are definitely starting to come around to our philosophy … Once again this year, our size puts us at a disadvantage, and we must all be on the same page for us to be successful.”
Bradwell fell to 2-12 overall.
The Tigers, who are 1-3 in Region 3-AAAAA action, play at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Brunswick. The box score from Saturday’s loss was not available by press time.