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Tide advance to Sweet 16
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Jimmy Bacon, who led all scorers with 18 points, shoots over a Screven defender in Long County’s 68-65 win. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The fans packed the Long County High School gymnasium on Saturday to see if the Blue Tide could continue to put another notch on their belt representing one more victory.
Even though it wasn’t easy, the boys defeated the Screven County Gamecocks 68-65 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the Georgia High School Association Class AA State Tournament.
On this night, the Tide had to overcome a 9-point deficit at half time. The Gamecocks were leading 30-21, and the offense for the Blue Boys just didn’t seem to be clicking through the first two periods.
But in the second half, LCHS coach Deshon Brock changed his defense from zone and went to more man-to-man coverage.  
In addition to this, the Blue Tide picked up the pace on offense, resulting in the Long County boy’s being able to put up 47 points in the second half, to the Gamecock’s 35.
With the more aggressive and fast paced second half, the final score ended up being Long County 68 and Screven County 65.
In the game, Ricky Rivera and Brandon Simmons had 8 points, Randy and Justin Boyd each had 10 and the leading shooter for the Blue Tide was Jimmy Bacon with 18 big points.
The Tide will travel to Albany tomorrow to take on basketball powerhouse, Randolph-Clay High School.  
The Red Devils won the state championship in 2004 and 2005, and made the final four in last year’s tournament, only to lose to eventual state champ South West Atlanta Christian.
The game is at the Albany Civic Center and it will start at 5:30 p.m.
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