Clutch freshman keeps Beach’s season alive

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He was a freshman starter called on to take the biggest shots of the Beach Bulldogs season. He nailed all three of them.

“I’ve never had a big accomplishment like this,” freshman point guard Javonte Landy said. “I’ve never been through anything like this before.”

Friday night, down two points to Brantley County, Landy was fouled shooting a three pointer with one second left and went to the line with a chance to tie or win the game.

“I was just nervous but I believed in him,” senior forward Tyrese Martin said. “I knew [the shots] were good from the start,” senior guard La’Varis Cope added.

The clutch free throws sent the home crowd into a frenzy and guaranteed the Beach Bulldogs a trip to the second round.

“[Landy] saved me, he saved the seniors,” Cope said with a smile on his face. “We aren’t going home.”

While he doesn’t lead the team in points like Cope, Landy has been a pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs as the team recorded its first winning record in five years. “When I first met him I was like ‘A fresman starting?’,” Martin explained. “Then I saw him play for the first time and realized this kid can play. That’s when we started building trust.”

He was trusted with the game on the line and the seniors say they have no problem calling on him again to perform again in a big moment.

“I was so proud of him [after the game],” Cope said. “That’s my little brother. That’s my little prodigy.”

The Bulldogs host Franklin in a second round playoff matchup Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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