Brookwood boys ready for area after tough list | Local sports


THOMASVILLE – A tough tournament schedule over the Christmas holidays did not bring in as many wins as the Brookwood boys’ basketball team would have liked. But that should better prepare the Warriors for GISA Region 3-AAA play and a long playoff streak.

This is the hope shared by Brookwood coach Drew Giudice.

“It’s been a big philosophy in my time here. We plan very hard. We love these games, ”he said. “It makes you discover who you are. This makes you work on your habits and makes practices all the more competitive. It has been a great philosophy for us to program difficult teams at the start of the season, outside the conference. It worked once we got into the regional game for the last few years. We hope this will happen more.

Brookwood (8-6) opens Friday’s regional home game against Tiftarea Academy. This follows a difficult streak for the Warriors, who have won just two of their last six games. Those four losses, however, came in two tournaments.

Before Christmas, Brookwood lost to Lanier County (12-1) 60-59, then to Valwood 54-47, a game the Warriors played without leading scorer Chris May.

In a post-Christmas tournament in Florida, Brookwood edged out Class 5-A Whitewater 63-59 before losing convincingly to Breathitt County (Kentucky) High 80-43 and a team from Franklin, Tennessee 62- 33.

“I liked (the tough tournament) because we learned a little about ourselves and learned that our habits have to be strict. It really created some good practice in the last three or four days since our return, ”said Giudice.

“I think the last two years have shown that our plan is preparing us for the playoffs. The success we’ve had in the region tournament … I prefer a season with a few lumps now December, early January, to make sure you are put to the test for the times when it really matters instead of the record is pretty. I am all for learning about ourselves and improving ourselves.

Brookwood has won three consecutive regional titles.