Cats, Tigers Scorch Nets In Madisonville
Bobcats In Prep For Conference Play  

(Madisonville, Tennessee) – Georgia Northwestern may have seen the birth of a track program Tuesday night at Rudy Youell Gymnasium in Madisonville, Tennessee as the Bobcats fell to four-year college Hiwassee, 122-105.

What was a four-point deficit at the half for the Cats turned into a 15-point lead with three minutes left in the game. Georgia Northwestern managed to quickly cut the lead to nine. “In the end, we just made some decisions that weren’t mentally tough,” said Bobcats Head Men’s Basketball Coach, David Stephenson. “Experience-wise, we are babies on the college level. We are growing each game, but we have to get mentally tough.”

Hiwassee was awarded twice as many shots from the charity stripe than the traveling Cats. The Tigers shot 18-of-26 from the foul line. Georgia Northwestern hit on nine-of-13 free throw attempts. “I can honestly tell you this is the first time in my twenty-plus years of coaching that a team of mine scored more than a hundred points and lost.”

With three minutes left in the game, Cats co-captain sophomore Jesse Moore (Dade Co.)

Freshman Bobcat Steven Hughley (Chattanooga Brainerd)

 fouled out forcing the big men on the bench to step up. Leading the sixth-man charge was freshman Steven Hughley (Chattanooga Brainerd) 11 points and five steals. Moore pulled down eight boards and blocked a pair of shots on a four-point night for the TCSGAA All-Academic Team member.

Freshman Bobcat Ben Patton (Dade Co.) continued to have no problem launching from behind the arc. The 5-foot-10 guard from Trenton was already cocking the gun when he pulled into the parking lot in Madisonville as the Georgia Northwestern sharpshooter connected on 5-of-11 from three-point range contributing to his 19 point tally Tuesday.

Bobcat co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) led the way for Georgia Northwestern with 23 points from the shooting guard slot. Freshman point guard Patrick Printup (Adairsville) dropped in 14 points and dished nine assists in the tough road loss.

“We have one thing on our mind tonight and that’s Southern Crescent (Tech),” said Stephenson of their next game on Saturday at home in The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, in Rossville, Georgia. Georgia Northwestern (2-5, 0-3) is still looking for their first TCSGAA conference win. The Bobcats play three games in three days beginning Saturday against Southern Crescent Tech.

On Sunday, Georgia Northwestern will play in a Stocking Full of Love Christmas benefit basketball game versus a select team from the Roper Corporation in LaFayette, Georgia. Tip-off is at 3 p.m. on Sunday at LaFayette High School. Just over 24 hours later, the Cats will host Tennessee Temple at The R.A.C. to round out the three-day stretch.

For more information on the Bobcats Men’s Basketball program at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.

Georgia Northwestern (105) – Kyle Wilson 23, Steven Hughley 11, Moore 4, Ben Patton 19, Patrick Printup 14, Jackson 5, Woods 2, Bonds 8, Seth Davenport 11, Ware 8.

Hiwassee College (122) – Bivens 2, Allen 8, Calvary 11, Moore, Bailey 16, Javarious Williams 19, Josh Boring 11, Ramsey 5, Zack Williams 18, Rashad Wade 32.

Halftime score:  62-58, Hiwassee College.