Bulloch Academy “brothers” Themba Twala and Jaylen Evans don’t look anything alike, are not close in height nor do they have the same mother or father.
Still, they are siblings and they combined for 33 points Tuesday as the Gators rolled over Robert Toombs Christian Academy, 64-25, Tuesday in the finale of a four-game sweep of RTCA.
Twala, who was born and raised in Gottingen, Germany, came to live with the Evans family in August as a part of an international student education program to improve his English skills and learn about America. Evans is his host brother. Twala, a junior post player, scored 19 points while Evans, a senior guard, added 14 in the win which lifted the Gators’ record to 4-0.
Bulloch battled Frederica Academy on Monday night on St. Simons Island and if the Gator guys were tired from the long bus ride, they sure didn’t show it.
BA raced out to a 10-0 lead with the help of senior Clayton Rogers, who muscled his way in the middle for a bucket and hit two free throws. The cat-quick Evans scored eight in the quarter as the Gators held an 18-6 lead after the first eight minutes.
Twala and senior John Cornett controlled the middle while Evans, juniors Ross Rainey and Forrest Spence pushed the ball around the perimeter. The German scored six points in the second quarter.
Still, RTCA (2-2) didn’t quit and cut the BA lead to 10 points, 29-19, late in the second quarter when Ben Sammons canned a 3-pointer. Bulloch added another bucket to take a 31-19 lead at halftime.
The Gators went on a 9-0 run to open the third and expand their lead to 40-19. Twala drilled back-to-back treys while Spence had an old-fashioned three-point play. Bulloch outscored RTCA 22-7 in the quarter for a 53-26 lead headed into the final eight minutes.
BA head coach Chandler Dennard substituted freely in the fourth, giving all members of his squad some quality playing time.
Bulloch faces Robert Toombs next week, traveling to Lyons next Monday. The Gators’ game with the Coastal Hurricanes, scheduled for Thursday, has been moved to Dec. 19
Lady Gators 55, Lady Crusaders 39
Junior Anna Newton netted a game-high 21 points and senior Taylor Collins added 14 as Bulloch’s ‘Twin Towers’ blocked shots and dominated the middle against the smaller squad.
The contest was physical and fast and, at times, got out of control. Both squads amped up play with tight man defenses and full-court and half court traps.
Collins and RTCA’s Sydni Collins battled for supremacy in the paint. The Collins from Lyons got the upper hand early in the first quarter, slipping between Newton and Collins to score eight of her team-high 14 points.
But BA’s Collins came on strong, muscling inside for buckets and grapping offensive and defensive rebounds. Bulloch held a slim 14-8 lead after the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Newton seemed to take over. She scored nine points, including five-of-six from the free-throw line. Her driving layup at the 7:02 mark gave the Lady Gators an 18-8 advantage.
The action was fast and furious midway through the quarter but neither team could score. Newton broke the drought at the 3:36 mark and both she and senior Haley Burke led the charge. Burke scored six of her eight points in the quarter as BA took a 33-20 lead at intermission.
Collins and Newton added more points each in the third quarter as BA increased its lead to 43-27. Lady Gator head coach Paul Webb substituted freely in the fourth quarter.
The BA girls (8-0) also travel to Lyons on Monday.
In the afternoon’s opening game, the Bulloch B-team girls downed RTCA 36-28 to stay unbeaten.
Brooke Gilbert led with eight points while Ashlee Lanier, Danielle Atkinson, Mary Kate Thomas and Pate Lomax scored six each. The Lady Gators are 4-0.
Bulloch’s B-team boys opened their season with a 44-30 win over the Crusaders.
The Gators went on an incredible 24-0 run in the second half to break open a close game.
Will Marsh led with 11 points and Hunter Perry had 10.