Bainbridge takes down Bradwell Institute in first round of playoffs, takes down Mundy’s Mill in overtime

Published 11:11 am Monday, February 24, 2014


Sophomore guard Tyree Crump dribbles down the court during last Saturday’s Class AAAAA quarterfinals game against Bradwell Institute. — Powell Cobb

The Bearcats’ offense has been on fire during the Class AAAAA playoffs, and their defense has given them the edge they need to roll through the first two rounds.
They defeated Mundy’s Mill (15-15) Tuesday night in overtime 85-76. Last Saturday, they captured their first round playoff win against Bradwell Institute (16-13) 87-74
Bainbridge was put to the test Tuesday night against Mundy’s Mill in Jonesboro as the game went into overtime tied 71-71. Sophomore guard Tyree Crump had fouled out, but with a stingy defense and senior guard Stephen Johnson hitting five of six free throws, Bainbridge poured in 14 points for the overtime victory. The win puts them at 19-11 this season.
Crump hit 34 points against Mundy’s Mill. Behind him was sophomore guard Devontae Jones with 13 points and freshman forward Myles Thomas with 12 points.
Their win Tuesday advances the Bearcats to round three.
They will play at Warner Robins Thursday at an undecided time. The winner of that game will advance to the Class AAAAA Final Four.
The Bainbridge Bearcats couldn’t have kept the ball from going in the bucket if they tried Saturday night, scoring a season-high 87 points and defeating Bradwell Institute in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs at the Bainbridge Gym.
Their 87-74 victory sends them to the semifinals game against Mundy’s Mill at the Bainbridge Gym Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Sophomore duo Crump and Trevon Shaw combined for 54 points. Crump poured in 34 points and Shaw added 20.
“It was a team effort,” Shaw said. “After we scored those points in the first quarter, we really took off after that.”
The Bearcats finished the first quarter up by three against the Tigers at 20-17.
In the second quarter, Crump hit two 3-pointers, two layups and put in six free throws.
They entered the locker room at halftime comfortably ahead 48-35.
Bainbridge turned up its defense and continued to score points throughout the second half. The third quarter saw Bradwell Institute push harder, holding the Bearcats to only 12 points and scoring 15 points for themselves. Bainbridge communicated well and maintained control of the game throughout the fourth quarter, putting up 28 points.


Sophomore center Trevon Shaw lines up for a free throw. Shaw had 20 points for the night. — Powell Cobb

“The last half was our half,” Jones said. “It was mostly the crowd and our defense. Coach told us to step it up and start playing hard. Then it was our game.”
Jones put 16 points on the board, hitting a 3-pointer in the first quarter, two 3-pointers in the third and another in the fourth.
The fourth player in double-figures for the Bearcats was senior guard Stephen Johnson with 10 points.
“We shot the ball well,” coach Rickey McCullough said. “That was the key.”
McCullough said the Tigers had three talented guards, but his players were able to keep in front of them to minimize their scoring efforts.
“We did what we needed to do,” he said.

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