It’s been an uneven season so far for the boys at Brunswick High.
Winners of five of their last six games after losing four of the previous six, the Pirates (10-5, 3-3) enter the home stretch of the regular season square in the middle of the Region 2-6A standings.
Of course, there’s plenty of time for Brunswick to climb the ladder and achieve their goals – but that starts at 8pm on Friday in the City’s Championship game against rivals Glynn Academy at Glass Palace.
The Terrors (14-4, 4-3) have won their last three games and sit third in the region, half a game ahead of the Pirates with what Brunswick head coach Chris Turner considers the one of the most talented, if not the most talented. team in the region.
“They’re really talented,” Turner said. “They have four very good guards who can score and then they have three very good big guys, including (David) Prince. They have at least seven, eight depths with no drop, which makes them dangerous.
Twin guards Quay and Tray Dickens became power scorers as juniors, while Jordan Cash and Tyi Ivey broke into Glynn’s guard rotation and made their impacts felt.
Bigs Tyson Rooks, who signed up to play football at Illinois in December, David Prince and Maurice Walden provide the Terrors with the length and athleticism to match inside.
Between Glynn’s athletic frontcourt and his tendency to flee in transition on the defensive glass, Brunswick’s play on the boards will go a long way in deciding the contest.
Fortunately, BHS received massive performances from the greats Jason Newmans and Saje Alston in their last game as the two combined for 41 points and 29 rebounds in an 80-67 win over Coffee last Saturday.
“A big key in this game will be bouncing back,” Turner said. “Because they bounce the ball very well with Rooks, Maurice and the little Prince. If the Twins get hot, or Shane, they can be very dangerous as they can hurt you inside and out.
“You have to play them really solid. You have to do the basics. You have to block and try to give them a chance. They’re also really good at transitioning, so you have to try to take care of the basketball so it doesn’t lead to those easy transition points.
At the other end of the court, the Pirates need to generate turnovers from the Terrors in order to fuel their own transition offense and ease the burden of their attack on the half court.
Although Camarion Johnson showed dangerous hauling ability and Newmans proved he was a threat in the post, Brunswick was at his best picking up the pace and attacking before the opposing defense could completely get in. in place.
“With this team, if we change people and can transition ourselves, that helps us score,” Turner said. “Kind of like the score against Coffee – a team that presses us, a high tempo type team, we have a better chance of scoring.
“For us, we have to do a better job in the half court of shot selection, move the basketball, be disciplined enough not to return the ball to where we get a shot every time on the court.”
While a win over their rival would propel Brunswick into third place in the region as they enter their second time on the schedule, Turner insists the Pirates remain focused on themselves.
“You just want to try to keep improving, which we try to do every game and every day,” Turner said. “I don’t really focus on what Glynn has; my main concern is my team when it comes to improving free throws and layups – being able to make a decent percentage of both.