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SEB bumps Beach
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Southeast Bulloch's Malik Puckett, left, makes an acrobatic shot past Beach defender Krumaine Grady during the fourth quarter on Tuesday in Brooklet. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

    BROOKLET — After a quick start, it seemed as though Southeast Bulloch might let one get away against Beach High.
    The Yellow Jackets surrendered a lead they had held throughout the entire night in the closing seconds, but wrestled it back with three late free throws by Markel Ming to record a 72-69 victory Tuesday night.
    After dropping their previous four region games, the Jackets needed the win against Beach.
    “It was definitely a big one,” SEB coach John Page said. “In this region, we know that there aren’t any easy games. You can never take a night off. We had to fight all night, and we’re happy to have the win.”
    Darris Holland — who led all scorers with 24 points — banked in a layup with 14.7 seconds to go to tie things up for the Bulldogs (4-11, 0-5 Region 1-AAA) for the first time since the opening tip.
    Southeast Bulloch (6-9, 3-4) called a timeout to set up its final play and got to the free throw line with 4.6 seconds left when Ming was fouled while driving to the lane.
    Ming (12 points) made his first free throw to regain the lead for SEB, but missed the second. Caleb Carter was able to tip the rebound back to Ming, who was again fouled and sealed the victory, sinking two more free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining.
    “I feel like we backed off a little at the end, and that’s partly my fault,” Page said. “Once it got down to the end, we wanted to be sure that we attacked, but also that we would have the last shot.”
    Page’s plan worked out perfectly.
    After Ming’s final two free throws, the Bulldogs were unable to get off even a desperation full-court heave.
    Long range shooting was a huge factor for the Jackets in their win.
    Lamont Ballard (19 points) canned a pair of 3-pointers to begin the game and was backed up with another 3 by Sheldon Hendrix (16 points) for a game-opening 9-0 run. In all, the Jackets sank nine attempts from behind the arc while Beach made just a pair.
    The Bulldogs didn’t lay down after the early SEB run and spent the majority of the final three quarters within just a possession or two of the Jackets.
    But even when the scoring of Ballard and Hendrix tapered off in the second half, the Jackets got production from Ming and Joseph Anderson to stay a step ahead of their competition.
    “I think we saw what we’re made of,” Page said. “We knew that we really needed this game. Beach didn’t make it easy, but I’m proud of our guys. They kept fighting and didn’t let up.”

Lady Bulldogs 70, Lady Jackets 20
    A youthful SEB girls team has spent the early part of the season trying to rebuild.
    The Lady Yellow Jackets weren’t done any favors in having to square off against a powerful Beach squad, dropping a 70-20 decision in Tuesday’s first game.
    The Lady Bulldogs (11-5, 5-0 Region 1-AAA) controlled from the start, outscoring the Jackets (1-10, 1-6) by a count of 22-6 in the first quarter and never looking back.
    While a modest 13 point effort by Dymanee Royal was enough to lead Beach, the Bulldogs’ versatility was the real danger for the Jackets as 10 different Bulldogs scored and five scored at least nine points.
    Beach was able to stifle most of SEB’s offensive efforts, but forward Destiny Burke managed to have a good night, leading the Jackets with 12 points. Jaime Brown scored seven and Jurnee Cotton netted the other point with a free throw.
    Both SEB squads stay at home Friday for another region matchup as Brantley County comes to town.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.