Georgia Northwestern rallies past Patriots
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.
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.