Ge­or­gia North­west­ern ral­lies past Pa­tri­ots

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

The Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Bob­cats ral­lied from a dou­ble-digit deficit in the sec­ond half to score a 68-64 home vic­tory over South­ern States Com­mu­nity Col­lege (Ohio) Satur­day at the Rossville Ath­letic Cen­ter.

The vis­it­ing Pa­tri­ots took a 34-30 ad­van­tage af­ter a first half that saw six to­tal lead changes. South­ern States would then open the sec­ond half on an 11-4 run to take its big­gest lead of the game, 45-34, with just over 13 min­utes re­main­ing.

How­ever, the Bob­cats would bear their claws and get back into the game.

A 20-6 run would be high­lighted by three big 3-point­ers. Jeremy Wil­son beat the shot clock buzzer with a long three and Mark Ch­ester would launch a three-ball from the cor­ner with 9:30 re­main­ing to cut the lead down to one. Then, with just over 7:30 re­main­ing, Kan­nen Der­ry­berry hit his own shot clock buzzer-beat­ing three to fi­nally pull Ge­or­gia North­west­ern even at 51 apiece.

The go-ahead bas­ket would be one of the most spec­tac­u­lar plays of the night as Jar­ret Gill fed J.T. Lang­ford with a back­door pass that Lang­ford turned into a base­line dunk that brought the bench and the crowd to its feet. Lang­ford was also fouled on the play and hit the en­su­ing free throw to give the Bob­cats a 54-51 lead with 6:51 re­main­ing.

Justin Smith’s coast-to-coast lay-up with 4:47 left to play put the Bob­cats ahead, 56-54, and the Bob­cats would go 7-of-10 from the free throw line over the next four min­utes as they main­tained a nar­row lead, 63-60, as the clock showed one minute left to play.

Dy­lan Sino would get a steal and a layup for the Pa­tri­ots with 36 sec­onds left to cut the lead to one. Jayce Har­ris would get a huge tip-in for the Bob­cats with 24 sec­onds left, but his bucket was an­swered by a 3-pointer from Bru­elle Thomp­son that cut Ge­or­gia North­west­ern’s lead down to 65-64 with 19 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Wil­son would hit 1-of-2 free throws with 15 sec­onds to go to push the lead back to two, but with the Bob­cats in a full court press, Har­ris came up with the big­gest de­fen­sive play of the night as he went high in the air to steal a pass at mid-court. He then found Wil­son streak­ing to the bas­ket for an un­con­tested lay-up with six sec­onds left to seal the four-point vic­tory.

It was one of 13 to­tal steals for Ge­or­gia North­west­ern on the night.

Wil­son had 19 points and seven re­bounds for the Bob­cats, while Har­ris added 14 points. Lang­ford came through with 10 points, seven re­bounds and four as­sists. Der­ry­berry and Cole Mc­k­ee­han each hit three 3-point­ers to ac­count four nine points each, while five from Ch­ester and two by Smith would round out the scor­ing.

The win was a nice re­bound from a 79-67 home loss to Welch Col­lege this past Thurs­day.

The Flames forged a 24-22 lead with 7:25 left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion when they went on a 20-9 run to end the half. Welch would con­trol the glass in the sec­ond half, never al­low­ing the Bob­cats to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Newman Ward led four Welch play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 19 points. The Flames also won the re­bound­ing bat­tle, 47-35.

Lang­ford had 13 points and nine re­bounds for the Bob­cats. Har­ris had 13 points and seven re­bounds, while Wil­son fin­ished with 10 points. Gill dropped in seven points.

Der­ry­berry had six points and two steals. Smith fin­ished with five points and three as­sists, while three points from Hay­den Mur­phy and two from Ch­ester rounded out the scor­ing for the Bob­cats (2-3).

The Lady Bob­cats also lost to Welch on Thurs­day as they saw a 29-17 half­time lead van­ish in a 57-52 loss. GNTC took its big­gest lead of the game, 33-17, early in the third quar­ter, but the Lady Flames would outscore the home team, 24-10, over the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Abby Bragg paced Welch with 16 points. She was one of three Lady Flames in dou­ble fig­ures.

Tori Har­vey had 15 points and 13 re­bounds to lead the way for the Lady Bob­cats. Gra­cen Hobbs hit three 3-point­ers and fin­ished with 14 points to go with four re­bounds. Jer­ri­ale Jack­son and Abby Dal­ton had eight points apiece, while five points from Mia Clark and two from Kate­lyn O’toole rounded out the scor­ing.

/ Scott Herpst

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern’s Justin Smith drives in for a re­verse lay-up at­tempt dur­ing a game against South­ern States Com­mu­nity Col­lege this past Satur­day in Rossville. The Bob­cats ral­lied in the sec­ond half to post a 68-64 vic­tory.

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