Game 1 to determine the city boys basketball championship wasn’t close when Brunswick High hosted Glynn Academy on Friday night before a capacity crowd.
Freshman Joyful Hawkins didn’t start the game, but he had an immediate impact once he was on the court about midway into the first period with the Pirates trailing by five points. By the end of the first quarter, Hawkins pulled down five rebounds and the deficit was cut to two points.
The second period belonged to the Brunswick. The Pirates, trailing 16-14, scored 23 consecutive points and held the Red Terrors scoreless in the period until less than :40 seconds remained. The score at halftime as 39-20 in favor of Brunswick.
Things didn’t get any easier for Glynn Academy in the second half. The Pirates continued to extend the lead, playing tenacious defense and an attacking offense in the 73-39 win.
Hawkings finished the game with 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pirates. Torrey Dickens scored 18 points, Sheydan Baggs had 14 points and Jaden Dunham scored 10 points and had eight rebounds for Brunswick.
Kevarius Sparks scored 10 points and Max Hrdlicka scored nine points for the Terrors.
Brunswick head basketball coach Chris Turner said he talked to his players before the game about trying to disrupt the rhythm and flow of Glynn Academy’s game.
The game plan worked as well as could be hoped for, he said.
“Brunswick has a really good basketball team,” he said.
It was also good to be playing in the friendly confines of the Brunswick High gymnasium after a difficult Christmas holiday tournament season where the Pirates only won one game, he said.
“It’s been a tough stretch the past six games,” he said. “I was real proud of our guys’ effort tonight.”