With only five teams in the region, getting to the halfway point of the Region 2-6A basketball schedule only takes four games. It also doesn’t give teams much room for error during the region slate.
The Glynn Academy boys and girls reached that point Tuesday. Both Brunswick High squads will play their fourth game of the region slate today against Effingham County.
This is how the region is shaping up at the halfway point in the season.
The Brunswick High boys are a perfect 3-0 in region play, but the Pirates went down to the buzzer on Tuesday night to stay that way. Marcus Scott’s basket with one second gave the Pirates a 58-57 road win at Richmond Hill.
The loss was Richmond Hill’s first loss in the region, dropping them to 1-1 ahead of Friday’s game against Bradwell Institute. That puts the Wildcats in a tie with Glynn Academy after the Red Terrors beat Bradwell on Tuesday to get to 2-2 in region play.
Effingham comes to Brunswick with a 0-2 region mark with losses to Glynn Academy and Richmond Hill.
Brunswick’s unbeaten region record pairs nicely with their 16-1 overall mark — with their only loss to Southwest Dekalb, a top-5 ranked team in Class 5A. That has the Pirates in the top 3 among Class 6A teams, depending on which poll you use.
The Score Atlanta rankings, released Thursday, have the Pirates as the top team in 6A after previous No. 1 and defending Class 6A state champion Langston Hughes lost Tuesday to Alexander.
The Pirates and Panthers were neck-and-neck for three quarters in last year’s Class 6A championship game until Langston Hughes pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Landers Nolley. The Panthers have the 6-foot-7 wing player back for his senior season with Nolley having signed to play at Virginia Tech during the early signing period.
Other polls have Brunswick somewhere in the top 3. Maxpreps.com and the Atlanta Journal Constitution rankings have Brunswick at No. 2 in Class 6A behind Hughes while SandysSpiel.com has Brunswick ranked at No. 3 behind Hughes and Gainesville.
Brunswick isn’t the only ranked team in the region. Bradwell is ranked as high as fifth and as low as ninth across all four polls. The Tigers, 12-5, have lost twice to Brunswick with one loss in a non-region contest during a holiday tournament, and lost to Glynn earlier this week.
Glynn’s win over Bradwell got the Terrors back to even in region play and ran their record to 12-6 overall this season. Glynn is off this Friday but plays a non-region contest against Beach on Saturday at Beach before jumping into region play next Friday at Effingham County.
The Brunswick High girls, while not sporting the overall record that the boys do, are 3-0 in the region and in first place like their Pirate counterparts heading into today’s game against Effingham.
The Lady Pirates are 9-7 overall and are currently riding a four-game winning streak. They picked up a region win over Bradwell in December and added victories over Richmond Hill and Glynn Academy since the holiday break.
Bradwell is in second place with a 2-1 region mark and a 12-5 overall record. The Lady Tigers are coming off a win Tuesday at Glynn Academy, who is in third place at 11-5 overall and 2-2 in region.
Richmond Hill and Effingham are winless in league play with both squads at 0-2.
None of the teams in the region have gotten any attention from the state polls, but that might change if someone goes on a run in the final weeks of the season.