Coastal Georgia hoops teams swept Florida Memorial as the women defeated the Lions 71-63, and the men got a 96-90 overtime victory Saturday afternoon.
The women had four players score in double-digit points in their win over Florida Memorial despite it being a tight game.
Solrun Gisladottir and Kaliyah Little led the way for the Mariners as each put up 16 points. Quira Porter was close behind them, tallying 14 points. Lynsey Washington was the final Mariner to score in double-digits as she added 11.
The Lions came out strong against Coastal, and through most of the first quarter couldn’t close the gap. Coastal Georgia tied it 22-22 with seconds left in the second quarter with a jump shot from Washington.
It went back and forth, and the Mariners went into half time leading 33-30 with Little leading the way scoring 10 points in the first half.
The second half was much like the first. Flordia Memorial came out hot and went up by three in the third quarter. Coastal closed the gap in the final two minutes of the third after forcing the Lions to turn over the ball.
Tensions rose in the final period of play as both teams felt the pressure of the tight score. Gisladottir hit a three from the corner in the fourth, giving Coastal a 57-54 lead. She hit another three-pointer with 3:30 left on the clock, which extended the Mariner’s lead to eight points.
Florida Memorial closed the gap some as they capitalized on some Mariner fouls, bringing them within three points. However, the Mariners were far from done and made it 69-63 with a minute to go and finished the game with a pair of free throws to give the Mariners the 71-69 victory.
The Mariners improve to 9-5 overall and 5-2 in Sun Conference play as the girl’s squad is on a three-game win streak.
Coastal Georgia men’s squad also had a game go to the wire and into overtime against the Lions.
Despite both teams coming out with a lot of energy, Florida Memorial quickly took a 9-3 lead over the Mariners, and the Lions would hold that large of a lead for the next seven minutes.
Shaquille Seville went on a seven-point run during the first half, which gave the Mariners some confidence and a 23-22 lead. He didn’t miss a shot the entire first half going 3-3 from the floor and 1-1 from the foul line.
At halftime, Coastal held on by three with a 43-40 lead.
Austin Dukes led the way for both squads scoring 14 points in the first half. Elijah Goodman and Seville added seven. Coastal amassed 12 assists in the first half and was able to shoot 40 percent from the arc.
Throughout the second half, it went back and forth between the Mariners and Lions. With 1:05 left to play, the Lions held a 79-76 lead. Florida Memorial extended its lead to 81-76 after a quick layup out of a timeout. Dukes answered the Lions and sunk a must-make three-pointer to close the game 71-81. Elijah Wade drew a foul made both of his shots from the foul line to tie the game 81-81 with 5.1 seconds left to play, ultimately sending the game into overtime.
The Mariners were able to outlast the Lions in overtime, scoring eight points on free throws and beat the Lions 96-90.
Both Coastal Georgia basketball teams are back in action tonight against Morris University with the women’s game slated for 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.
Brunswick Hoops split games against Coffee
After both squads got big region wins on Friday night, Brunswick High split games against Coffee County Saturday night. The Lady Pirates won 47-35 while the Pirates fell in a close one 46-50.
Brunswick boy’s team had two guys score in double-digit points. Jaden Dunham scored 16 points, collected six boards and two blocks. Xavier Bean contributed 11 points respectably.
The Pirates move to 12-7 overall and 4-0 in region play after Saturday’s loss.
As for the Lady Pirates, two girls score double-digits. Leading the way was senior Keya Daniels with 13 points and six steals. Jaliyah Howard added 10 points and six steals. Trinity Harrison was a force for Brunswick down low as she recorded 11 boards. Zaniah Bradley was close behind her with eight rebounds.
Marquesia Heidt contributed nine points while Makaila Brown scored seven points and brought down five rebounds.
The Lady Pirates improve to 12-6 overall and are currently on a two-game winning streak. Both squads hit the road Friday for a region matchup against Bradwell Institute. The girl’s game is slated for 7 p.m. with the boys game to follow.
Glynn boys basketball falls short in road trip
Glynn Academy boy’s basketball team fought hard on Friday and Saturday but came up short against New Hampstead and Liberty County.
The Red Terrors faced off with New Hampstead Friday night and fell 49-44. On Saturday, they took Liberty County to overtime but fell 69-62.
Glynn hung in there with Liberty throughout all four quarters, but Panthers defense held the Red Terrors to only seven points in overtime while they scored 14.
The Red Terrors are currently 5-14 overall and 1-3 in region play. Up next for Glynn Academy is a home region game against Effingham County on Friday with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m. The Red Terrors look to upset the Rebels, who currently sit in second place of the region.