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Determination not enough
Redskins drop two more
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With eight straight losses, the Bryan County Redskins were hoping for a repeat victory last Saturday night in Richmond Hill.  Although the ‘Skins played with intensity in this heated rivalry, dreams of breaking the losing streak were shattered in a 56-37 defeat to the Wildcats.  Bryan County did not fair well against Portal on Friday night either, losing 83-63.
Last Friday night the Portal Panthers came to Pembroke and showed the Bryan County fans how to win a game.  Athleticism and height were key to Portal’s victory but the final score was not indicative of how well Bryan County played.  Redskin drive and determination kept the ball moving around the court.  Stephen Ranger, Willie DeLoach, and Winston Johnson seemed to be everywhere at once, giving Portal a run for their money. 
The game turned into a vicious three-point battle several times during the game, but Portal, with 68 percent three-point shooting, bested Bryan County’s 43 percent.  Rebounding gave Portal the edge in the end, causing Bryan County the loss 83-63. 
Scoring – Alkeem Collins 13, Trey Boatright 9, Willie DeLoach 8, Jerry Graves 8, Stephen Ranger 7, Winston Johnson 6, Ivey Mutcherson 5, Kyle Nicholson 3, Derrick Moore 2, and Jermaine Byrd 2.
Saturday night the Redskins traveled to the other end of the county to face their rival Richmond Hill.  Bryan County began the game playing with the same intensity that they demonstrated against Portal, but began to slow in the second quarter when they hit foul trouble.  With Richmond Hill in double bonus, the Wildcats were able to pull ahead in free-throws – sinking 17 of 29 at the line – and layups.  Redskin freshman Willie DeLoach was benched for foul trouble during most of the second quarter, slowing the pace down for the ‘Skins.
In the third quarter, DeLoach came back in the game for the Redskins and made his presence known with rebounding, shooting, and ball-handling. Unfortunately, Bryan County returned to a three-point offense that did not pay off. While 3-pointers fell the previous night against Portal, they refused to go in this evening. Richmond Hill capitalized on the rebounds from these missed shots and continued to drive up the score.
Turnovers and missed three-point shots would prove costly to the Redskins who did not give up their determination even in the final dismal minutes of the game. The final score saw Richmond Hill with the win 56-37.
Scoring – Alkeem Collins 11, Jerry Graves 9, Willie DeLoach 4, Trey Boatright 3, Stephen Ranger 2, Ivey Mutcherson 2, Winston Johnson 2, DJ McElroy 2, and Jermaine Byrd 2.
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