By Charlie Moon, Lowcountryradio.com.
It was “Tootsie Roll Tuesday” at Brunswick. Yes, I did the Tootsie Roll in front of all of Brunswick… and the scorer’s table loved it. Check out the Low Country Radio FB Page for video!
But who wouldn’t have? Brock Vaugneur and I saw so many 3s raining down from the Wildcats, it was like sweet sugar falling from the sky. Men 13-0 (5-0) Tuesday, the Richmond Hill High school men’s basketball team continued their dream season at 13-0 (5-0), with a dominating 86-70 win over a really good No. 11-ranked, 10-1 Brunswick team. Nijuan Youmans, Jaden Marshall and Braden Baker all hit at least four 3-pointers.
Brunswick head coach Chris Turner led his Brunswick team to a state title just two years ago and is one of the most respected coaches in the state. He was shaking his head all night long. The Pirates played well, but no matter what they tried, nothing worked. They ran everything from a Triangle-and-2 to a full court press, to no avail.
The problem this team causes for defenses, is that any given time, there are four point guard-style players, three over 6-foot, 3-inches tall. Any one of them can get it up the floor, fire from deep, or drive right by defenders at any given time. They have eyes in the back of their heads and the ease of a slick-oil machine on offense. Watching them run offensive sets with little to no dribbling, 5-8 passes, ending with an easy bucket, is a sight to see.
And on defense, their length simply makes it every shot difficult. If there is one thing they must improve on, it is getting rid of the lulls. Every team has them, but they must limit them. There are times when they go through the motions a little. Whether it’s getting bored with the competition, or simply falling asleep mentally, that’s the one thing they need to improve on.
Ladies 10-3 (3-2) The Ladies lost a toug h one at Brunswick, 39-36. 2 of the 3 losses and 6 of the 10 wins have all been within single digits. Brunswick has three players over 6 feet tall and that caused problems. The Cats HC Sara Jones had a great gameplan and it worked. They created good shots all night long, but the length Brunswick led to 14 blocked shots.
The best thing about this Ladies team is they make everything difficult for opposing defenses. They’re play “in your face” all night long. Nothing comes easy. They do lack true go-to scorers, but their gritty play keeps games tight, as shown by so many single- digit games.
Azaria Johnson led the way with 12 points, but went out with a shoulder injury for 4:00 in the 4th quarter after a dive on the floor for a loose ball nearly dislocated it. She was back in the final 2:00. That…. is the grit that will keep this squad in the hunt for a conference title.
Upcoming Friday, January 15 at Effingham County (no broadcast) Tuesday, January 19 Home vs South Effingham