Georgia Northwestern Prepares For Cleveland State

For Immediate Release

(Nashville, TN) – Hot shooting from Georgia Northwestern in the Music City on Friday night did not translate into a Saturday tourney title as Trinity Baptist senior Zach Shank would clean the nets for a game-high 24 points in route to an 85-69 finals win in the Free Will Baptist Tournament.

The Bobcats (2-1), who shot three-pointers at a 77-percent click on Friday in a semi-finals win, only connected on six of 17 strikes from beyond the arc in today’s final. “We dug a hole quick and didn’t run our offense,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We weren’t boxing out and just kept letting them push the ball down the court. We flat out weren’t hustling.”

After a pair of 24-point performances in the first two games of the season for Georgia Northwestern, Cats freshman Randy Boyd (Chattanooga-Hixson) would drop in only seven points and pull down seven boards in the tourney final loss in Nashville.

Bobcat freshmen Alex Miller (Gordon Central) and Robbie Chitwood (Dade) would lead the scoring effort Saturday for GNTC with 12 and 10 points respectively.

“They had their biggest lead on us going into the half,” said Stephenson. “The second half was a different story. At the break, we were down 18. However, we managed to close it to single digits late.” The Cats would only find themselves at the free-throw line a handful of times hitting on five-of-eight from the 15-foot mark.

Another road trip awaits the Bobcats in three days as they head up I-75 North into the Volunteer State to take on NJCAA Division I power Cleveland State in the confines of L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern athletics, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or at dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern first launched its athletic program in 2007. This season marks the fifth season of GNTC’s collegiate athletic competition.

GNTC (69) – Alex Miller 12, Robbie Chitwood 10, Hill 2, Boyd 7, Woods 4, Moon 3, Limus 8, Fuleki 9, Todd 9, Patton 3, Towns 2.

Trinity Baptist (85) – Zach Shank 24, Corey Roth 19, Harmon 9, Todder 5, Mennona 6, Powell 7, Ahmad Simon 11, Bowles 2.

Halftime Score: 44-26, Trinity Baptist