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D.J. Bell (#12) follows through on a three-point shot during first quarter action against Tattnall County. Bell scored 19 points in the win.

Pierce County split a pair of weekend match ups in wrapping up season series with Region 1-AAA foe Tattnall County and non-region foe Coffee.

The Bears (8-7 overall, 3-2 region) completed the season sweep of the pesky Warriors (1-12, 0-5) with a 62-58 win Friday, January 29 — the seventh consecutive setback for Tattnall County. PCHS won the first meeting 69-63 back on January 12 in Reidsville.

Coffee (10-8), winners of three straight, captured a 73-53 home victory Saturday, January 30, to garner a split in the season. Pierce County recorded a 55-53 victory January 9.

The Bears were to host Long County Tuesday. They will travel Friday, February 5, to Baxley to face Appling County.

After a non-region matchup at home with Class A Clinch County Tuesday, January 9, PCHS wraps up the regular season traveling to Caney Bay Thursday, January 11, to face Brantley County.

Bears 62

Tattnall County 58

Pierce County overcame a first-half deficit for the second time in as many outings to rally and beat the Warriors.

In the first meeting, the Bears were down 14 at intermission. This time it was just three points.

PCHS led 13-11 at the end of the opening quarter after being held scoreless the last four minutes. Tattnall County outpointed the Bears 16-11 in the second stanza for a 27-24 lead.

Pierce County matched its production of the first half outscoring the Warriors 24-16 for a 48-43 advantage. Zay Plummer (game-high 24 points — 14 in second half), D.J. Bell (19 points — 12 in second half) and Jayden Crews (six points) combined to score all 24 points in the period. Both Plummer and Bell (two treys) scored nine points with Crews connecting on a pair of bombs.

Tattnall County stayed within striking distance over the final eight minutes outscoring the Bears 15-14.

Maleek Chandel just missed double figures finishing with nine points. Jaquez White and Ty Everson netted two points apiece.

Tattnall County had three players reach double figures with Shaver Carter scoring 10 of his team-high 16 points in the third quarter. Jeremiah Mayner and Aaron Prigeon added 12 points each.

PCHS hurt itself at the line finishing just 5-of-15 (33 percent). The Warriors were 13-of-21 (62 percent).

Coffee 73

Bears 53

Host Coffee outscored the Bears 47-30 over the middle two periods in opening up a 25-point advantage en route to the victory.

The Trojans jumped out to a 12-4 lead after eight minutes. The pace quickened in the second stanza with Coffee outscoring the Bears 23-19 for 35-23 lead at intermission.

The home team went one point better in the third quarter using a 24-11 scoring advantage to open up a comfortable 59-34 lead. PCHS outscored the Trojans 19-14 in the fourth quarter.

Bell was the lone double-figure scorer for the Bears leading 11 players in the scoring column with 15 points. A.J. Staten drained three treys for his nine points. Vot Brewton, Chandel and Crews netted five points each.

Jermaine Brewton and Daytin Baker contributed three points apiece. Tristan Aspinwall, Colin Waters, Jeb Redick and Plumer each finished with two points.

A.J. Wilkerson led a trio of double-figure scorers for Coffee scoring a game-high 16 points. Antonio Reynolds bagged 15 points with Martin Powell chipping in 10 points.