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Redskins erase 20-point deficit, defeat Jenkins in regular season finale
Brent Anderson
Redskins Head Coach Brent Anderson - photo by Mike Brown

SAVANNAH -- Earlier in the season after one of its several come-from-behind wins Bryan County Coach Brent Anderson said the rally told teams the Redskins would battle to the buzzer.

Jenkins learned that Tuesday night when Bryan County rallied from a 20-point second quarter deficit to post an improbable 60-58 win in front of a sparse crowd in the Warriors’ new gym.

Jamal Campbell made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to cap the comeback as the Redskins (19-5) won their ninth straight game going into next week’s Region 3A Public tournament at Claxton.

The tournament runs Feb. 15-19 with Bryan County not playing until the Friday’s semifinals on Feb. 18 after finishing first in the regular season race. The Redskins played what was to have been their final game of the season against McIntosh County Academy last Friday.

Anderson, wanting to avoid a two-week layoff, scheduled the game with Jenkins late last week.

Bryan County took the Warriors’ best shot and then, trailing 29-9, reached down for a little extra to pick up the victory as Elijah Mincey scored 24 points to lead the way.

Jordan Flannel added 12 points, all in the second half, Campbell finished with nine, Devontae Bowers had seven, Tanner Ennis 6 and Sean Kelly Hill two.

The Redskins came out flat and watched Jenkins jump out to a 13-0 lead. Bryan County did not score until Mincey made a steal and fed Ennis for an easy basket with 3:54 on the clock.

“It was a little different environment for us,” Anderson said. “There was no girls game, not much of a crowd.

“And to be honest I think we were a little bit intimidated.”

The Class 3A Warriors, taking advantage of 11 first quarter turnovers by the Redskins, led 23-7 after eight minutes. Bryan County, however, settled down and thanks to Mincey’s 12 points which included a run of eight straight off four steals, began cutting into the lead.

Trailing 32-25 at the half the Redskins opened with a 13-4 run to take their first lead at 38-36 when Campbell took a feed from Flannel on a fast break for a layup. From that point on it was nip-and-tuck as there were eight ties and three lead changes.

Jenkins was up 58-57 with 18 seconds to play but Mincey made one of two free throws and when the Warriors turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds it set up a possible game winner for the Redskins.

Flannel missed, Hill rebounded, Flannel missed again and Campbell was fouled on the rebound. He made his free throws and then the defense then forced a turnover with two seconds left to clinch it.
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