The Bryan County boys’ basketball team lost 96-61 at Dublin on Feb. 17 in the Class AA state-tournament opener for both teams.
The Redskins (12-15) were behind 23-8 after the first quarter and 56-26 at halftime. The Fighting Irish, who followed this win with a 101-88 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian in a Sweet 16 game on Saturday in Dublin, are “just a great team,” BCHS head coach Randy Cooper said, one with decent size and shooting ability.
“I fully expect to see them in the Final Four or the finals,” he said.
Dublin (25-4) next plays Monticello (20-10) at 8:15 p.m. today at Georgia College in Milledgeville.
One thing BCHS can take to heart from the Dublin game is that the team was led in scoring by players who will be back next season. Sophomore Jaylin James had 21 points, junior Kimonti Murray had 10, and freshman DeQuavieus Williams had seven points.
Early season injuries forced some younger players to step up, Cooper said, which will help for next season as well.
“That’s what I’m trying to hang my hat on. We’ve got a nice nucleus of returning players. Now they’re kind of battle-tested,” he said.
Junior Isaiah Tillman was named to the All-Region 2-AA second team, while James and Murray received honorable mention.
Brown leads All-Region picks
Bryan County guard Julianne Brown has been named the Region 2-AA Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year, Lady Redskins head coach Mario Mincey announced Sunday.
Brown, who scored her 1,000th career point this season, was one of five Lady Redskins to earn region honors.
Kaylin Leggett was named to the All-Region first team, Yasmine Crawford made the All-Region second team, and Alayna Williams and Kamorie Jackson each earned honorable mention.