Bearcat basketball bounces back to defeat Warner Robins

Published 6:05 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Bainbridge Bearcats added another tally to the win column last Saturday after a high-scoring loss to Warner Robins the previous night. Bainbridge fell 84-71 to the Demons at the BHS gym. Against Thomas County Central the next night, the Bearcats held a dominate lead through all four quarters to win 58-47.

Damion White had a double-double against the Demons, pulling down 11 rebounds while adding 17 points to the scoreboard. Three other Bearcats were in double-figures scoring, with Milton Gayle pouring in 15 points, Jeremiah Davis adding 14 and Maleke Lurry throwing up 10.

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Twelve of Davis’ points were from the four 3-pointers he drained (4-of-14).

The game went well from the free throw line as well, with Bainbridge dropping in 19-of-26. But it still wasn’t enough to beat Warner Robins.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Coach Terry Smith said. “They hit us in the mouth the first half. To sum it up, we didn’t play defense. We played like we were afraid the first half. The second half we played a little better. They’re a great team. We got to play better defense against those guys.”

Bainbridge was handled well by Warner Robins in the first half. The Demons were leading 22-14 by the end of the first quarter and 48-27 at the end of the first half. Bainbridge came back fighting, putting up 17 points in the third quarter to Warner Robins 12 and adding another 27 in the fourth quarter. Warner Robins kept ahead with 24 points in the fourth.

Saturday against Thomas County Central, the Bearcats kept the Yellow Jackets to 20 points in the first half and scored 28. Another 13 points in the third quarter and a fourth quarter of 17 points was enough for Bainbridge to seal the deal.

“Out of the eight wins we have thus far, I want to say five of those eight wins we held a team to under 50 points,” Smith said. “It all boils down to, we have to put more energy into defense instead of offense. They are doing a pretty good job of executing the offensive scheme. It’s going to come down to can we stop people from scoring.”

Last night, Bainbridge hosted Harris County for its final Region 1-AAAAA game of the season. Friday the Bearcats travel to Tift County for an 8:30 p.m. game and move to Seminole County on Saturday for a game against the Indians at 7:30 p.m.

The Bearcats are 3-4 in Region 1-AAAAA. Sitting at first place is Warner Robins with a perfect 7-0 and at second is Harris County at 3-2.