BAINBRIDGE - The most annoying thing about Monday's win for the Bainbridge boys basketball team?
The nets, which kept getting stuck on the rim every time players like Rodney Glenn and Devon Baulkmon would swish a basket.
Glenn (20 points, five assists) and Herald Super 6er Baulkmon (22 points) missed only three shots all night and led the Bearcats (5-2) to a fairly easy 78-43 win against Graceville (6-6) in the Georgia-Florida Shootout.
"(It's all about) chemistry and hard work," said Baulkmon, who, along with the other starters, didn't play most of the fourth quarter. "We played well in practice (heading into this tournament), and it showed on the court."
Herald No. 2 Bainbridge led only 19-17 after the first quarter, so head coach Rickey McCullough gave his starters a reason to try harder.
"We started out slow," McCullough said. "I went out and put the bench in and it got their attention and we played (better)."
It worked, as the Bearcats outscored the Tigers, 27-10, in the second and never looked back, leading 46-27 at halftime and 69-37 after three.
"I feel like there's a lot we need to work on, but we're getting a lot better. We're just getting ready for the next game," said Glenn, who was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field. "We have a pretty good team. We just need to keep playing good defense to get some (more) wins."
Kevin Potts led Graceville with 15 points, while nobody else reached double figures for Bainbridge, which finishes its tournament play today against Niceville at 8:30 p.m.
"We'll have a better test (tonight)," McCullough said. "Niceville plays pretty good basketball and they were in the final four last year in AAAAA, even though they lost some people. They're going to do some things that will make us work on defense. It's going to be a test for us."