Bob­cats sprint past Crown for road win

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

The Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Bob­cats trav­eled to Pow­ell, Tenn. this past Thurs­day and found the sur­round­ings to their lik­ing as they posted their high­est score of the young sea­son in a 95-84 vic­tory over The Crown Col­lege.

The Bob­cats led from the open­ing tip and went on to post a wireto-wire win.

Lead­ing 50-38 at in­ter­mis­sion, Ge­or­gia North­west­ern saw their lead whit­tled down to eight early in the sec­ond half, but the Bob­cats would rally back. A steal by Kolbi Sut­tles led to a Cole McKee­han 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 18 mid­way through the sec­ond half.

The Royal Cru­saders would trim the gap back to 12 points be­fore Jay Wide­man drained back-to-back treys to push the lead back to 18 with 5:30 to play. Crown would never get any closer than 10 points the rest of the way as J.T. Lang­ford hit two buck­ets in tran­si­tion to help seal the vic­tory.

Sut­tles had the hottest of a hot night shoot­ing for the Bob­cats. He went 11of-15 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line to score a sea­son-high 23 points. Tyler Phillips stayed hot with 16 points, while Da­vian Wheeler went for 12 points and six re­bounds. Wide­man and Deon­tae Jack­son both added eight points.

McKee­han and Lang­ford each fin­ished with seven points, while Wa­ters scored just five points, but helped out with a team-high 15 re­bounds, five as­sists and two blocks.

Af­ter blis­ter­ing the nets at a 61.8 per­cent clip in the first half (21of-34), the Bob­cats shot 51.7 per­cent (15-of-29) in the sec­ond half to end the night shoot­ing 57.1 per­cent. They made 42.9 per­cent (6-of-14) from be­hind the arc, while hold­ing Crown to 32.6 per­cent shoot­ing and only 3-of-29 from the 3-point line.

West Ge­or­gia Tech 73, Ga. North­west­ern 51

For a lit­tle more than a half on Satur­day, the young, fresh­man­dom­i­nated Bob­cats stood toe-to-toe with an older, more ex­pe­ri­enced and very ath­letic West Ge­or­gia Tech squad.

But a cold-shoot­ing sec­ond half, in­clud­ing one long dry spell in par­tic­u­lar, would prove to be their un­do­ing.

The Bob­cats man­aged just 22 points in the fi­nal 20 min­utes and the vis­it­ing Golden Knights pulled away to win the game against for­mer re­gion ri­vals, 73-51, at the Rossville Ath­letic Cen­ter.

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern (2-3) led early on by a small mar­gin, but the Knights would bat­tle back to gain the 36-29 lead at half­time.

Their lead was down to a five at 38-33 three min­utes into the sec­ond half when the drought be­gan. Save for three free throws, Ge­or­gia North­west­ern would not get a bas­ket to drop un­til there was 9:27 left in the game when Wide­man hit a three.

In be­tween, the Knights would get back-to-back 3-point­ers from Justin Brown and Isa­iah Greer to jump­start a de­ci­sive 16-3 run. Wide­man’s triple fi­nally broke the drought, but not be­fore the vis­i­tors from Car­roll­ton had mush­roomed the lead to 54-36.

Two straight bas­kets by Wa­ters would whit­tle the gap down to a dozen points, but the Bob­cats would get no closer as the Knights slowed pulled away down the stretch.

Three play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures for West Ge­or­gia Tech (32), led by San Rozier’s 18 points on 7-of-9 shoot­ing. Joe Boyer went for 14 points, while Greer came off the bench to score 12.

Wa­ters had 12 points and seven re­bounds to pace the Bob­cats, while Phillips col­lected 11 points. Micah Wheeler was next on the list with six, fol­lowed by Jack­son with five.

“We just don’t have the guys yet with the ex­pe­ri­ence to have the men­tal dis­ci­pline to carry out the game plan for 40 min­utes,” head coach David Stephenson said. “Against a team like (West Ge­or­gia Tech), you have to that for 40 min­utes. Tonight, we did what we had to do for about 25 of those 40 min­utes. But un­til we grow up and do bet­ter at that, it’s go­ing to be tough in games against teams like this one.”

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern will play their next four games on the road, be­gin­ning this com­ing Fri­day night at South­ern Cres­cent Tech in Grif­fin, Ga., start­ing at 7 p.m. The next home game for the Bob­cats will be Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. against the Ten­nessee Wes­leyan Univer­sity ju­nior varsity squad.

Lady Bob­cats awarded for­feit win

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern’s Lady Bob­cats scored a 2-0 for­feit vic­tory on Satur­day af­ter their sched­uled op­po­nent, Trin­ity Col­lege of Florida, did not ar­rive in Rossville for the 1 p.m. start.

The Lady Bob­cats (2-0) were sched­uled to play at home on Tues­day (Nov. 14) against Jud­son (Ala.) Col­lege. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Bob­cats will also play the open­ing game at South­ern Cres­cent on Fri­day.

Fresh­man guard Kolbi Sut­tles had a sea­son-high 23 points for the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Bob­cats in a 95-84 win at The Crown Col­lege this past Thurs­day. (File photo by Scott Herpst)

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