January 23, 2022

Braves notch important road win at Bremen

Coach Derek Smith talks things over with his Brave players during a late timeout in Tuesday night’s 43-34 Region 5-AA win at Bremen. The Braves face an important road challenge at Callaway this Friday night at 7:30 PM in Lagrange.

(Bremen, GA) — The Heard County Braves improved to 4-1 in Region 5-AA play with a 43-34 road win over the Bremen Blue Devils Tuesday night. The win was the second of the season for the Braves over the Devils and sets up an important contest versus arch rival Callaway in Lagrange this Friday night.

Tuesday’s game started off slow offensively for both teams as the game remained scoreless with just 1:36 to play in the first quarter before a pair of fouls shots by Isaiah O’Neal got the Braves on the board.

O’Neal scored nine in the game and the Braves led 4-1 at the end of the first while never trailing in the game. The Braves took a 10 point lead to the locker room at halftime.

The Devils closed the gap to just five points with 5:25 to play before the Braves pulled away in the end thanks to some excellent free throw shooting from D.J. Herring. Herring led the Braves with 15 points while going an awesome 9-for-10 (90%) from the charity stripe.

Senior Ethan Lawson continued his solid paly off the Braves bench and scored eight including the Braves only basket from outside the 3-point arc.

“I think it was not as dominant of a win as I would have liked it to have been, but it’s still a win,” said Coach Derek Smith after the game.

“It also puts us in position to at least have a shot at hosting the region tournament. It’s good to be in that position but, but first we need improve and play better at Callaway this Friday.”

The Braves lone loss in region play came to the Cavaliers in Franklin on January 19.

The Braves played well that night before falling 58-49. Friday’s game will tip off at Callaway High School at 7:30 PM or immediately following the girls’ game between the same two teams.

The top seed after the regular season will host the boys Region 5-AA tournament where Class AA State Playoff seedings will be on the line.

Region 5-AA crosses over to meet Region 8-AA from northeast Georgia in round one matchups.

Due to COVID, the decision was made recently to have separate region tournaments for boys and girls that will be held at separate locations and on different days.

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