Baseline drive

Brunswick’s Jermonta James drives by a Surry HS defender in action from the Bulldogs’ 60-47 win on Saturday evening. James scored 16 points in the victory. (Dennis Smith)

The Brunswick High School varsity boys’ basketball team earned the No. 2 seed for this week’s Tri-Rivers District tournament after winning their final two games of the regular season last week.

The Bulldogs opened the week with a 61-52 win over Southampton HS and then topped Surry HS 60-47 on Saturday for Senior Night.

The two wins improved Brunswick to 15-7 overall and completed a 13-3 mark in district play.

Brunswick will play host to a district tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs got off to a good start against Surry, jumping out to a 7-4 lead on a trey and runner in the lane from Jermonta James.

Two buckets by Jadan Firman gave Brunswick an 11-8 lead at the 1:10 mark of the first quarter but Surry’s Khamari Palmer hit a trey in the final minute to cut the Bulldogs lead to 13-11.

Brunswick opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 23-11 lead on a 3-point play by Firman at the 5:02 mark.

Surry answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 23-18 on two free-throws by Palmer.

Brunswick got a steal and layup by James for a 26-18 lead at the 1:23 mark and the Bulldogs took a 31-20 lead to the halftime break.

The Bulldogs outscored Surry 14-10 in the third quarter behind five points from Reginald Walker and four from Firman and cruised down the stretch to the victory.

To read the entire article pick up the Feb. 12, 2020 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.