The Brunswick High boys basketball team is rolling to start the 2017-18 season. The Pirates stayed undefeated with a 82-61 win Tuesday at Ware County.

Brunswick (5-0) got off to a fast start, doubling up the Gators 22-11 in the first quarter. Ware was able to outscore the Pirates in the second quarter, but only enough to shrink Brunswick’s lead to nine at 39-30.

The Pirates expanded their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Ware 19-11 before putting up 22 more points in the final quarter.

Senior guards Marcus Scott and Daquan Humphreys led the Pirates in scoring. Scott topped the list with 21 points while Humphreys added 15 points. Kelan Walker and Jaylen Jackson were also both in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Tarique Gray’s 10 rebounds led the Pirates on the boards.

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The Brunswick High girls team suffered a road defeat, falling 49-42 at Ware.

The Lady Pirates (4-3) were in the game down the stretch despite scoring just two points in the second quarter. Brunswick led 29-26 going into the final quarter but were outscored 23-13 in the fourth.

Antonisha Davis and Desirya Sweet led Brunswick with 13 points with Daivs also adding eight steals.

BHS girls coach Maria Mangram said her squad struggled in the fourth quarter, including too many missed free throws.

Both Brunswick squads play their first Region 2-6A games Friday at home against Bradwell Institute.

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I had the privilege of being on the sideline in 1979 for Herschel Walker’s final high school football game in Wrightsville, when the future Georgia Heisman Trophy winner ran for 365 yards and five touchdowns to lead Johnson County to an easy state championship win.