Bobcats sprint past Crown for road win
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)