The Statesboro Blue Demons were glad to escape with a couple of wins Friday night and send the Glynn Institute young men and young ladies on the long transport ride back to Brunswick after the young men clutched win 61-59 and the young ladies beat the Red Dread 57-54.
The young men game went this way and that all through the game and late a whirlwind of 3-pointers made for an intriguing completion. Plate and Quay Dickens covered consecutive 3s for Glynn, yet the Blue Fallen angels’ Albert Mikell countered with a threesome of long reach bombs to give Statesboro a 59-56 lead. A 3 by the Dread’s Shane Payne tied the game at 59-59 with 1:45 left in the game.
Statesboro reacted as Jarquez Garrett drove the path and hit a floater to give the Blue Demons a 61-59 lead with 40 seconds remaining.
The Fear botched on successive open doors in the paint and in the end needed to foul Mikell with 29 seconds left. Mikell missed the front finish of a one-and-a single an open door and afterward Tyson Rooks missed a totally open layup with 12 seconds left. The Dread again fouled Mikell who missed the front finish of another and-a single possibility and Glynn Foundation bounced back the ball and got down on schedule.
Statesboro had two fouls to surrender and gave one on Rooks inside with 1.9 seconds left in the game. The Fear hit a break and set up their last play, however the ignore was a little the top of the 6-5 Rooks. Kam Mikell took out the pass and the clock ran out.
“It was a particularly extreme game,” said Statesboro mentor Keith LeGree. “I realized this group would coordinate with us since they have shooters and some size. They played a decent listing guard and have some size and this is one of the main four groups as we would see it.”
The game was played basically in the paint in the primary half with Rooks driving the charge for the Fear and Leslie Dark for the Blue Demons who followed 27-24 at the half. Statesboro went on an altercation the second from last quarter to go up 42-35, and drove by upwards of six in the final quarter, however the Red Fear retaliated and the two events to tie the game.
“Everybody will be gunning for us consistently and we should be prepared for that,” said LeGree. “I felt like Jarquez and Albert both played all around well for us this evening, and Leslie was a monster inside on the squares.”
Rooks drove all scorers with 24 places and was an amazing 8-9 from the free toss line. While Albert Mikell drove Statesboro with 18 focuses remembering 16 for the final part. Leslie Dark came through with 16 focuses and 11 bounce back and Garrett added 10 focuses. No. 6 positioned Statesboro improves to 13-0 generally speaking and 5-0 in district play.
Up next Statesboro will have Benedictine Saturday with the JV playing at 4:30 and the varsity at 6 p.m.