MILLEDGEVILLE — It was an exciting weekend for Baldwin High basketball fans, as the Braves and Bravettes provided exciting action at home against Westside of Macon Friday night and Hancock Central Saturday.
The ladies were unable to win both games, as they lost 39-46 to Westside, but rebounded for a five-point win over the Lady Bulldogs the following day.
“Obviously, we would have liked to have won the Westside game,” Randall Owens, women’s head coach, said, “but to the credit to our players, they were able to come back and beat Hancock for the third time this season.”
On Friday, the Bravettes learned a tough lesson against Westside in that they must play all four quarters to be successful in region 2-AAAA.
“We had built a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but unfortunately we were able to hold on to that lead,” Owens said. “Several breakdowns on the defensive end, and to Westside’s, credit they took advantage of the opportunities. It was a lesson to our girls that we have to play a full 32-minute game and not a 24-minute game.”
BHS was led in both games on the weekend by a mixture of both upper- and lower-classmen.
“Again, we were in two very tough games,” Owens said. “We had Terrian Williams, Jayla Waller, Tykeasia Williams and Bria Reeves all played very well in both games.”
Owens is pleased with where his young team is right now both overall and in the region, as the Bravettes continue to show improvement on the season.
“Honestly, we’re at nine wins on the season, which is the same number of wins last year, so that shows that we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “There’s no question about it, we’re in a very tough and competitive region and we play a tough non-region schedule, but I’m very happy with where we are right now.”
On the men’s side, the Braves were able to pull out two more victories to improve to 12-3 on the season, winning 63-51 over Westside for another region win and 41-39 over Hancock on Saturday.
“We’re certainly glad to capture that win on Friday night against a very good Westside team,” Rechard Larkin, men’s head coach, said. “We were fortunate to get wins in both of those games.”
Carrying the team on Friday night against the Seminoles, Juwon Freeman had his best game this season finishing with 27 points in the contest, as well as three steals and three deflections.
“We’re glad, with him being a senior, for him just laying it all out there,” Larkin said.
Marquise Williams continued to perform well for the Braves in Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.
Feeman and Williams will both take the court tonight with hopes of helping their team emerge victorious against Rutland to maintain the number one spot in the region.
“We just want to get after it and play our brand of basketball,” Larkin said.
The BHS basketball teams will be back in action tonight with another big region game for both teams, as they take on Rutland on the road with the Bravettes beginning at 6 p.m. and the men immediately following.