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Southeast Bulloch splits in regular season finale

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Southeast Bulloch splits in regular season finale



BROOKLET — Saturday night marked the end of the regular season for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets, but more than four quarters were needed before heading into the postseason.

SEB and Appling County battled to a 43-43 draw in regulation, but Appling proved to be a bit too much in a 48-46 overtime win Saturday night.

Trailing 43-39 late in the fourth quarter, the Jackets (9-16, 7-11 Region 1-AAA) rallied to tie the game on a 3 by Kaelin Jones (19 points) and a free throw by Davonte Tremble (10 points).

The Pirates (12-13, 9-9) tried to run the clock down to take a final shot, but Tremble came up with a steal, only to come up just short on a floater as the buzzer sounded.

In overtime, Travis McNeal hit a short jumper early and Kevin Johnson drained a shot from just inside the arc. The Jackets could never get their offense going, managing just one free throw by Tremble and two more by Preston Smith (13 points).

Appling was unable to pull away, but SEB couldn’t capitalize. Johnson missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds to play, but the Pirates pulled down the rebound. By the time Tremble wrestled the ball away and raced down the court, there wasn’t enough time left to look up and get his shot off.

"It was disappointing that we weren’t able to get it done at the end," SEB coach John Page said. "I thought that we showed a lot of heart getting it to overtime, but then we weren’t quite able to get going again after that."

Despite the rough ending to the regular season, there are plenty of reasons for the Jackets to be excited heading into the region tournament in Savannah.

Winless last season, SEB has made huge strides this year and will enter the tournament as a No. 6 seed, needing just two victories to claim a spot in the state tournament field.

The Jackets will travel to Savannah Tuesday to take on Brantley County in the first round of the Region 1-AAA tournament. SEB will be looking to defeat Brantley for the third time after notching the season sweep in the regular season.

"Brantley is definitely a good team," Page said. "It will be a challenge to beat them again. It helps that we know who we need to stop and what we need to do to win, but we’ll still have to play a good game."


SEB girls coast to win

In Saturday’s first game, the Southeast Bulloch girls notched an easy 42-21 victory over Appling County.

The Lady Yellow Jackets (12-12, 9-9 Region 1-AAA) dropped a heartbreaker to the Lady Pirates (8-17, 6-12) in their first meeting this season, but took full advantage of Appling being in a tough spot the second time around.

On Friday night, Appling County and Johnson of Savannah were involved in a scuffle. As a result, the Pirates were left with just four eligible varsity players for their game with SEB.

As a result, the Jackets held Appling to eight points or less in each quarter and none of the Pirates reached double digits on the night.

"It’s the time of year where you take a win however you can get it," SEB coach Johnnie Miller said. "We pressed (Appling) a little bit and I felt like we executed better this time around."

Jasmine Roberts led SEB with 20 points and Philicia Batton contributed to the winning cause with 13 more. Breanna Gates and Gloria Lingle played their final home contest for the Jackets and were honored after the game.

With the win, the Lady Jackets are likely looking at a No. 5 seed in next week’s region tournament.

SEB will need at least two victories to claim a spot in the Class AAA state playoffs.

"We really just have to bear down and focus," Miller said. "I think that we’re to a point where we’re pretty confident in what we can do. We just have to go play a few more good games."


Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.


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