Terrance Frazier didn't resort to a technical explanation of Tuesday's fourth-quarter run by the Ridgeland-Hardeeville boys basketball team.
That would have detailed how the Jaguars forced turnovers, ran free in transition, converted easy baskets and got to the free-throw line. No, he offered a more brief reason for the late explosion.
"We needed it," Frazier said.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville locked up a Class 2-A playoff berth by defeating Garrett Academy Tech, 71-50, at home Tuesday. The Jaguars closed with a 15-0 run after the Falcons pulled within six during the fourth quarter.
The win avenged a 16-point loss at Garrett Academy in January. Jaguars coach Jeremiah Faber said the margin of the first game was deceiving, that the Jaguars felt they had the more skilled team.
They showed it late, shutting out Garrett Academy over the final 4:56 while getting to the line five times. Frazier, who finished with a game-high 25 points, punctuated the run with a four-point play after an intentional foul call, and Charles Mitchell dropped in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it seem the Falcons had never been in the game.
"We're definitely a better team when we're in transition, when we're able to get up and down the floor," Faber said. "That's when we're at our best. Sometimes we get in trouble when we're forced to play in halfcourt."
RIdgeland-Hardeeville, which plays Bishop England on Thursday, improved to 6-7 in Region 6-AA in securing its playoff spot.
Frazier also delivered when the Jaguars needed to regain the momentum before halftime, with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. It's a shot he works on often in practice.
"When he's in rhythm and takes good shots, he's beautiful to watch," Faber said. "He shoots the ball real well."
Ridgeland-Hardeeville boys 71, Garrett Academy Tech 50
Garrett Academy (9-10, 4-9 Region 6-AA) -- Carlos Scotton 15, Deandre Ellis 11, Derek Smith 8, JT Thorne 7, Jackson Martin 7, Kevin Scott 2.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville (9-12, 6-7) -- Terrance Frazier 25, Charles Mitchell 12, Richard Gavin 8, Darell Myers 7, Kevon Williams 6, Anthony Polite 4, Di'quwan Johnson 3, Victor Simmons 2, Garrison Seeden 2.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville girls 52, Garrett Academy Tech 19
A few minutes into what should have been -- and eventually became -- a Ridgeland-Hardeeville blowout, Jaguars coach Frederick Toomer wasn't pleased.
His team was going back and forth with Garrett Academy, playing into the sloppy style. The Jaguars had only one basket almost five minutes into the game and actually trailed when Toomer called his first timeout.
"They came out and they were matching us," Toomer said. "They were outplaying us."
The eventual outcome probably wasn't in doubt, but Toomer wanted the Jaguars sharp the rest of the game.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville already had secured second place in Region 6-AA. This was playoff preparation. The defense needed to be tuned, the offensive execution exact and the margin Tuesday needed to be big enough to get reserves more game experience.
The Jaguars responded, using a 9-0 run during the first quarter and a 12-0 run in the second quarter to relieve the pressure.
A variety of defensive looks helped crack Garrett Academy, which owned only one region win entering Tuesday's game. A 1-3-1 full-court zone and later man-to-man press forced Garrett Academy's guards to work.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville will start the playoffs against the third seed from Region 5, which finished its regular-season schedule Tuesday.
Garrett Academy (3-16, 1-12 Region 6-AA) -- Rashida Minson 8, Jasmine Stokes 5, Blanche Frazier 4, Zhanique Bennett 2.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville (14-5, 9-3) -- Aaliyah Hill 10, Denesha Page 8, NyJae Boozer 7, Jayme Chisholm 7, Tiara Nelson 6, Ravon Grant 5, Tierra Green 4, Ateria Riley, 3, Sapatra Johnson 2.