The Long County High School boys’ basketball team fell to Metter, 70-62, on Saturday in Ludowici.
The Blue Tide and Tigers went back and forth for the first three periods. Going into the final period, Metter held a narrow 46-44 lead. But in fourth quarter, the Tigers came out hot and went on a 13-4 run to go up, 59-48. Long County fought back and cut the deficit to four, 61-57, but the Tigers were too much for the home team.
“We were unable to locate the high-post player on defense, and he was able to score in the middle of our zone. We also had a few untimely turnovers,” Blue Tide coach Deshon Brock said.
However, Brock also saw areas of the game that he was pleased with.
“We did shoot the ball well from the free-throw line,” he said. “I thought Danaron Anderson played well especially in the first half. He had a few blocked shots as well. Trae Davis also played well for us. We will need them to play at this level in order for us to be successful.”
Brock said he hopes this loss helps his team become mentally tougher.
“We have to stay mentally focused for the entire game, not just two or three quarters. We can’t have mental lapses in judgment,” he said.
Anderson led Long County with 21 points. Xavier Stapleton and Brendon Scott each had nine points.
With the loss, the Blue Tide fell to 1-2.
Long County won the junior-varsity game, 54-53.
The Blue Tide were scheduled to host Groves. Results were unavailable at press time.
On Friday, Long County travels to Darien to take on McIntosh County. The JV game begins at 5:15 p.m., and the varsity team plays at 8.